"The only way to deal with bullying is 'to stand your ground', however difficult and anxious that course of action may prove to be. This was the message that I frequently gave children in their school assemblies over 15 years. Only by standing up to the bully will they stop bullying you, whether they be another boy or girl or the employer of an adult.
I recall one cheeky young boy aged nine who took my advice on board. When I next visited his school, he approached me adopting a very cocky stance and proudly said, 'Thanks for that advice, Mr Forde. It worked a treat. Having now stood up to my mum and dad, standing up to the rest of the world will be easy!'
For any parent out there whose son or daughter is being bullied at school, you could do worse than buy them either of two books of mine which deal with the theme of 'bullying.' The first is called 'Fighter' and is about a boy with stunted growth. The story is about boxing and football and would probably appeal to boys more than girls. The second is called 'Tales of Bernard' and is about a pack of stray pedigree dogs who run roughshod over a town. This book is suitable for girls or boys, child or adult. As with all my books, all profits on each book is kept minimal to keep the books inexpensive and goes to charity. The books are in e-book format from www.smashwords.com or in hard copy from amazon or www.lulu.com." William Forde: October 19th, 2015.