Use clips from the film BULLY, along with additional classroom resources, to address issues of ostracism, bullying, and encourage upstander behavior in your school and classroom.
In the description of the incident, and in interviews with some of the key people involved, a girl named Tina is mentioned various times. Although Tina played an important role in the ostracism that occurred among the seventh grade girls, she was not included in the interviews conducted as part of the Harvard/Facing History and Ourselves research study. The reason for this omission is that there were two eighth grade Language Arts sections in the school and Tina was in the section in which we were conducting interviews. All of the five other girls were in the other section where we were conducting interviews.
The Ostracism Case Study grew out of the Harvard-Facing History and Ourselves research on improving inter-group relations among youth funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Dennis Barr is the Director of Program Evaluation at Facing History and Ourselves, as well as a psychologist. He is a Lecturer of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was the principal investigator for the Carnegie Corporation of New York-funded research entitled, Intergroup relations among youth: a study of the impact and processes of Facing History and Ourselves. The Ostracism Case Study emerged from this project. Barr has published articles based on his research on social and ethical development and risk taking behavior in adolescents.
Administrators and school officials also face a tremendous challenge as they try to create safe spaces within their schools. The first video below features a school administrator addressing a bullying incident after the fact.