The end of summer and the beginning of fall has several meanings to children and their parents. This time of year may mean back-to-school shopping, homework, the anticipation of new teachers and friends, transitioning into new school settings, and the inevitable bully.
I am willing to bet that 99.9% of the adults reading this will have no trouble remembering the name of the classroom bully who tortured them at one time or another during their academic career. I have trouble remembering my senior-year high school English teacher, but I'll never forget "Doug." "Doug" used to bully me relentlessly in the fifth grade for being the "new kid in school" and that I was, of all things, "too tall." "Doug," mind you, was vertically challenged and maybe weighed 70 pounds soaking wet. "Doug" obviously had a lot of power over me, being that I can remember his ridicule like it was yesterday.