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It’s back-to-school time for many kids across the country—but for students who are subject to bullying, school can be a daunting place to spend eight hours a day.  One UT expert suggests empowering bystanders to help put a stop to the destructive behavior. Tennessee Today features David Dupper, Director of the BSSW program at the College of Social Work on the topic of bullying.

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Social Work Professor David Dupper has conducted extensive research on the topic and recently released the book School Bullying: New Perspectives on a Growing Problem.

“Kids just don’t know what to do sometimes when they witness bullying, so we must teach them,” said Dupper. “Bullying is an abuse of power. You have a more powerful person who takes advantage of someone they know cannot or will not fight back.”


 

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