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Merril
Merril asks:
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Is it possible for kids who get top grades to be bullies?

In Topics: Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Sep 5, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Yep!  Anybody can be a bully and anybody can get bullied.  There are three things that define a bullying situation...

#1-An unfair use of power over somebody else
#2-An intention to hurt another person
#3-Repeated attempts to hurt them

The element of having power over another can come in many forms.  Sometimes a student may be bigger than another or older or they may have more friends.  Intelligence, as well, can be a way a student ha spower over another.  So if somebody does get good grades and is very intelligent and then uses that to be cruel to another student repeated over time with the intention to hurt them, that could be defined as a bullying situation.  Good question!

Please take care and remember that you can call the Boys Town National Hotline 24 hours a day at the number below, free of charge to discuss any parenting issue.  We are here to help, you are not alone!

Counselor, NZ

Boys Town National Hotline-A Resource for Parents and Teens
www.parenting.org
1-800-448-3000

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real-mindy
real-mindy writes:
yes all the time when i was little i was teased about my grades a lot but the thing you can do is tell the principal or ask other parent or even your chlid teacher.
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Toniahc
Toniahc writes:
Yes, it is possible.  Some kids who earn good grades feel like they can manipulate the teachers into thinking that they are not bullies.  Some also feel that because they get good grades, they are entitled to do whatever they want.
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Bigred2972
Bigred2972 writes:
Yes, yes and more yes....the smartest kids tend to stay out of the eye of the teacher...
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trenfan
trenfan writes:
It is possible for kids who get top grades to be bullies themselves. Part of it comes from how the top grades are treated at home. If the parent keeps telling the child how superior they are to the other children, that will carry on into the classroom. That top student will brag about their grades and make fun of the children that are hardly getting by. It doesn't just happen in the class, where the smug looks are as they show their paper to someone they know failed the test, but the comments on the playground where yard duty and teachers aren't in earshot, along with anywhere else the children might run into each other. I've seen it happen several times and the best thing a teacher can do is not make a big deal out of who got the best grade or got the worst grade and parents of those children struggling to work with them, rather than expect the teacher to know every little thing going on with their child. Remember, you are talking about one person watching 20 to 35 children, depending on class size, and the teacher can't monitor every conversation by every child all the time.
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