Turning the tables on Bullies

I remember being told how my Grandfather stormed up to the school after Bro had been given the cane for decking a boy in class.
The boy was a bully and had pushed Bro too far. The fact that Gramps had taught him how to box was incidental.
It turned out the bully was a hemophiliac and so bled profusely causing concern all round. Bro didn’t know that, but the boy did and thought he was invincible from retaliation.
He didn’t bully anyone else after that.

My sister was set upon by bullies……….. a bunch of girls in the playground.
I hate confrontation so ran away to get help, but Sis held her own and came home with a few scratch and bite marks plus a huge wad of someone’s hair which she’d pulled out by the roots. In later years, whilst Dad taught me to play cribbage, he taught my sister  a few moves in Judo.
When two bullies grabbed my scarf on the school bus and pulled, she didn’t do anything until I went blue in the face and almost passed out. Payback I suppose.

The thing with bullies is they want to look big in front of their friends and be top dog. Knowing they upset or intimidate other people and get the better of them adds to their sense of ‘power’. However, they don’t like being on the receiving end, being made to look small or insignificant. Hubby sorted out a Troll on his site by finding out his true identity and where he was, then posting the details. He wasn’t nasty in his comments though, just thought the guy would like to know that he had his number and knew what to do with it.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Turning the tables on Bullies

  1. Sadje says:

    Standing up to bullies is the way to deal with them.

  2. scifihammy says:

    I have no time for bullies, tho we all have to deal with them now and then.

  3. Paula Light says:

    I block and ignore. The kind of bullies I’ve encountered online thrive on attention, so I won’t give them any. One reply sustains them for ages and encourages an avalanche of new stupid comments. Best to shut it down. My opinion.

  4. TiaWojo says:

    The stupidest advice-given to kids who are being bullied, is to tell the bully, “I Think you should just go away.” That doesn’t really get bullies running for their lives.

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