While there is no easy answer to that question and the reasons for bullying, school violence, and petty differences are many, I have found a powerful resource to use as a discussion starter with my students.
Nora the Nonapus, written and illustrated by fifth-grade students of Estes Hills Elementary in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, provides some unique insights into feelings: the insecurities and embarrassment that often come from being “different,” how bullying hurts others, and the bravery it takes to stand up and do what is right.
The fact that this story is written and illustrated by elementary students makes it all the more powerful.
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