Bullying must not be seen as simply a "youth problem" but as resulting from larger societal issues. Institutional bullying and harassment do not exist within a vacuum but reflect and actually reproduce the messages and actions stemming from the social environment.
I was an 11-year-old Florida "Cubanito," and for almost five years I was bullied repeatedly. I was followed home from school. I was jeered and taunted. I was called a sissy and worse. I was pulled and pushed by bands of teens. Then one day I got the courage to stand my ground.