2011-02-17 / Top Stories

Author Talks With Local Students About Dealing With Bullies

By Neil S. Friedman


Though the topic of bullying is serious, Wilhelm shares a smile as he talks to one of the students on the panel. 
Photos by Neil S. Friedman Though the topic of bullying is serious, Wilhelm shares a smile as he talks to one of the students on the panel. Photos by Neil S. Friedman Not long after she began as interim acting principal at Public School/Intermediate School 66 last fall, one particular issue, outside requisite education, that concerned Lucille Jackson was bullying. After several incidents made headlines across the country in recent years, the matter has gotten widespread awareness.

So, when Jackson learned about a young reader’s author, Doug Wilhelm, who wrote a novel, The Revealers, on the subject several years ago, she saw an opportunity to invite him to the school to help some older students receive a vital lesson in morals and ethics.

Wilhelm visited for a full day of lectures in several classrooms, as well as a small group session. He concluded the day with a grade-wide auditorium discussion.

Commenting on the author’s pending visit, Jackson, said, “I am excited to have Doug Wilhelm visit our school on, February 9. I saw a chance to combine two important educational elements — literacy and a socially relevant topic (like bullying).”


Before finishing his daylong visit, Wilhelm spoke to a large group of students in the auditorium. Before finishing his daylong visit, Wilhelm spoke to a large group of students in the auditorium. The small group meeting consisted of sixth and seventh graders, selected by their teachers, who had the opportunity to ask Wilhelm questions about the issue that concerned them and their peers.

Based on his knowledge of the subject, one of the suggestions Wilhelm offered when students are victimized was to keep a record of encounters or incidents of bullying in a journal.

Principal Jackson, Barbara Rudnick and Marian Pearlman, the school’s youth development counselor, coordinated the author’s visit with the school’s Parents Association, since parents are a crucial element in exposing and containing incidents of bullying in schools.

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