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A Bystander A Downstander and an Upstander

Up-standers ask a bully to please stop.
But not in a bullying voice.
Understand?
Head nod.

Down-standers join the bully.
They call the victim names too
Scared they will be the next target if they do not.
Cowards.

By-standers stand by,
Trying to ignore what is happening, feeling badly later
Wishing they had been an up-stander. 
So what do you want to be?

An Up-Stander, a Down-Stander or a By-Stander?

“I want to be a run-a-way-er,” he said, demonstrating.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 2/14/2019 5:06:00 PM
Such a memorable way to sum up what bullying brings out in people. Great write!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/15/2019 3:02:00 AM
Thank you so much. I teach these three terms - my own of course - to my students at school. My job is to teach them to have integrity, be nice, and be up-standers.
Date: 2/12/2019 5:37:00 AM
There are many cowards in the world. Well writ.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/12/2019 11:42:00 AM
And so sad when the bullies land on top. Such a bad lesson for children.
Date: 2/11/2019 10:31:00 PM
A great lesson from a great counselor - hope that kid learned something!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/11/2019 11:58:00 PM
I teach this lesson every year to my 2nd graders, and I make the 5th and 6th graders write a story about it so I can share their stories with the Kindergarteners and First graders. They all know what I expect.
Date: 2/11/2019 6:54:00 PM
Ooh, watch him sprint!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/11/2019 11:58:00 PM
Truthfully, I cannot catch them when they run that fast!