Cottongim thinks that, although bullying has always been around, it has gotten more vicious since she was a kid. She believes it is important for adults to recognize bullying.
“Once you learn to read students,” said Cottongim, “you can separate bullies from the bullied to keep the classroom or school bus a non-abusive atmosphere.”
Cottongim now helps new bus drivers how to handle bullying. She tells them, “pay attention to children’s body language and attitude.” She also believes that if you see someone being a bully, you should step up even if you’re not part of it. Once you see it, you’re in it!
Read more about Helen Cottongim here.
Listen below to Helen Cottongim talk with Edward Town Middle School students Mark, Steven, and Julia.