How do you define “bully”? There’s no doubt the answer to that question is different now than it would have been 50 years ago. Don’t you agree?
Fifty years ago kids were expected to get up early, do chores, walk to school, and return home to do more chores. They packed their lunch and were taught to say “yes sir”, and “no sir”
A “bully” in the 1950’s would have probably been defined as someone who singles out weak classmates and picks on them in a physical way. Hitting, kicking, punching….that was bullying. Bullies in the 1950’s stole lunch money and dumped lunch trays. At least that is what has been portrayed on television.
Fast forward to the 80’s – my era. When I was a freshman in high school I was bullied – at least in my mind it was bullying. Upper classmen took it as their duty to harass freshman. It was a right of passage…
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