BY FR JOHN COLEMAN SJ
I recently saw the excellent documentary film, Bully, which I found both quite absorbing and equally disturbing.
It tells the stories of several victims of bullying, mostly in rural school settings.
What about the bullies? Often they reflect their own authoritarian home upbringing.
Sometimes they bully to cover up their own sense of inadequacy, shame or anxiety.
As one study of bullying puts it: "Bullies may behave this way to be perceived as popular or tough or to get attention. They may bully out of jealousy or are acting out because they themselves had been bullied."
Much to my surprise when I talked about the film to two people I know they told me that they had been bullied as youngsters. One told about a hazing ritual connected with becoming an altar boy. New recruits were made, repeatedly, to eat altar incense.
Bullying (America / In All things)