The way to counter bullying is to be true to yourself and to realize that if you are different, like Bob Dylan or Benjamin Braddock, you are much more likely, as you get older, to enrich the world with your unique perspective on life.
Childhood can be a profoundly lonely experience. Whether it's walking to school wishing for a friend, or sitting by oneself on the bus or dreading the endless minutes in the cafeteria, our children need fortification.
I have always attracted bullies and overbearing people, maybe because I've never been afraid to do battle with them. I ride buses in New York City on a daily basis, and it seems to be a setting that attracts overbearing people, perhaps because everyone is trapped with them.
I know first-hand the anguish for both parents and administrators when there's a child in crisis. If you reach an impasse with the school or find you are being stonewalled, here are some specific steps to inspire action.