Stories about bullying are constantly in the news. That’s one of the reasons a segment like the one from ABC News embedded below stands out. It’s about a boy with cerebral palsy who was cheered on to finish a race by a teacher and classmates. For me, it raises questions like – Why do some kids respond with encouragement toward those who are different as opposed to responding with bullying and belittlement? Is it different role models or lessons taught at home and in school? Is it a matter of peer pressure used in a positive way? I have no answers. Regardless, let’s have more of whatever the people featured in the video are doing to get these kinds of results.
The Opposite of Bullying
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After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.