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Girls can take steps to stamp out bullying
By AMANDA BLANKENSHIP
Published November 14, 2007
Amanda Blankenship, 11, is a sixth-grader at Dayspring Academy.
Okay, let me just tell it like it is. Girls around the world "bully" each other. Now, raise your hand if you've been talked about behind your back. Alright, now raise your hand if you've talked about someone behind their back. Look around you. All girls do it, but that doesn't mean that it's alright to take it too far. Adolescents, especially girls, may bully because of these reasons:
1) To be in control so they are not a target for another bully.
2) Jealousy, because they are threatened by you, or because they have little self-confidence.
3) Family of origin, learned behavior from family, or issues in the family.
Kaye Randall, a speaker for this sort of adolescent stuff, says: "Middle school is the toughest time for relational aggression."
Relational aggression is in fact the "fights" that girls have toward each other. Some forms of relational aggression are: