Bullying Beyond The Playground
Two days ago, the world’s collective stomach turned when a video capturing a group of teenage boys launching a vicious verbal attack on a 68 year old bus monitor went viral. The video defines repulsive, but, it may have ultimately helped more than it harmed. It has resulted in worldwide contributions towards a “vacation fund” (soon to be renamed “retirement fund”) for the victim, Karen Klein which is climbing steadily towards 300 thousand dollars, and has brought the issue of senior citizen bullying to the forefront of public discourse.
“Experts say as many as 1 in 5 seniors are victims of bullying”
Senior bullying has several faces, making it a tough opponent to tackle. Scenarios involving the exploitation of seniors at the hands of younger people may stir up more controversy, but a large portion of senior bullying takes places between seniors. Studies show that people who were bullied at a young age are likely to bully others, even into old age. Typical bullying tactics employed by senior citizens includes verbal abuse, manipulation, ostracization, and occasionally, physical abuse. Apparently “old” habits really do die hard.
If you suspect that a senior is being bullied in any context, do not sit back, take action.