Anti-Bullying and Forgiveness Education: What They Are Saying Now

Consider some views of those who bullied others in school and now look back as adults.

I Feel Cheated

“I feel cheated. When I was a teenager, I thought I was rough and tough and I took this out on weaker kids. Little did I know that I was the one who was weak because I had no control over my anger. I am sorry to say this, but I really did not receive any help for that anger when in school. The helping professionals of the day were way too concerned with what I was doing and they did not see my rage. Forgiveness education would have made everyone’s life better then—those I bullied, the teachers, the other kids….and me.” An anonymous adult looking back.

My Guilt Can Still Pop Up

“I have not been in a middle school classroom in three decades.  Yet, I can still look back and wince at what I did.  I Bullying Word Artonce had another student kiss the ground because….well….I just did not like him.  How I wish I had instruction in forgiveness education then. I was pretty angry because I had a parent with a big temper.  That got all over me and so my anger got all over other students.  Yes, I did victimize some and they did not deserve it.  I needed to confront my anger resulting from the home and never got the opportunity.  I am not blaming anyone but myself.  Yet, I do hope that educators wake up and start to help those who are angry now. Forgiveness education is one way out of anger’s trap.”  J.P.

The Anger Entered My Marriage

“I was one who bullied other classmates through ignoring and spreading lies about them. I have to admit that back then it made me popular with the other girls.  I should have stopped because each one of these little digs at others went into my own heart.  The bad news is that I brought that pent up anger into our marriage and it hurt my husband.  He had no idea what was going on and neither did I.  Having read some of your books on forgiveness and anger, I came to realize that my bullying was a displacement onto unsuspecting classmates and then onto my husband. Forgiveness education is so needed.  Otherwise the angers and disappointments are given to others.  Where does it stop?” A.N.

Robert Order Now 6

Editor’s Note: The International Forgiveness Institute has developed a new Anti-Bullying Forgiveness Program for children in grades 4 (age 9) through grade 9 (age 14).  Regularly priced at $50.00 for the electronic version, it is now available at our limited-time introductory price of $30.00.

 

4 thoughts on “Anti-Bullying and Forgiveness Education: What They Are Saying Now

  1. Samantha January 25, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    Congratulations, IFI. Schools are missing the point you are making, that the one who bullies needs to reduce anger and hatred if bullying is to stop.

    Like

  2. josh January 30, 2015 / 10:14 am

    “The anger entered my marriage.” When that happens you can bet that it will enter into the children as well.

    Like

  3. Chris January 30, 2015 / 10:18 am

    Good point, Josh. I had not thought about it before but it does seem that bullying is not just happening in schools. It goes right to the heart of some marriages.

    Like

  4. Adhas February 15, 2015 / 5:16 am

    This is wise counsel and should be embraced by many school systems. The world has missed this point.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s