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“Stop putting your hot breath on me,” one girl yells from the back of the classroom. It’s the same boy targeted every single time, and it seems that no matter where you move him, there’s a problem. At first you think he’s doing something to upset people because you never catch anyone else doing anything. The girls in the class laugh every time he gets in trouble, despite warnings, but they swear he’s doing it and they’ve got the whole class behind them. About a month later, a new person in the classroom gets targeted and they leave him alone. That’s when you realize the problem was never that boy you kept moving.
It’s the girls, and they’ve developed a mean girl club in your classroom.
What do you do? First, you need to recognize that girl bullying and boy bullying are completely different—sometimes girl bullying is hard to detect because it’s so personal and calculating, but the first step to stopping girl bullying is detection. Once detected, if the bullying is found quickly enough, you can either prevent girl bullying or stop it dead in its tracks with a few key strategies.