A little while ago someone told me about the stabbing incident at a PA high school, so I called up a few media sources and most of them noted that the attacker had been a victim of bulling. Don't get me wrong, what the attacker did was wrong and he should be held responsible for his actions. But I think it is important to look at the deeper root cause. But it got me thinking about my kids. My oldest is in preschool and has gone toe to toe with a few bully's in the class. The teachers said that he has a natural protective attribute and they are not surprised when he will drop what he is doing and stop a bully from picking on someone else, and he does not let anyone bully him.
I think that bullying has been around since the beginning of social interaction, but it makes me wonder what makes a person a bully. Is it how they are raised? Is it because of their friends? Is it a mental deficiency that doesn't allow them to care?
Do you think that we as a society, or parents, or just anyone can do anything to limit if not prevent bullying from happening?