Bullying and Shawn’s Way

Good Morning! Ever thought about how the act of bullying someone and making them a target can be portrayed in a book? How a story can make the issue more relatable to the reader? Today I want to talk about a challenge that teens face, becoming a target of a bully. And how the second book in The Way Series, Shawn’s Way, talks about it.

Stop Bullying and the message in Shawn's Way

What is Bullying?

For starters, bullying is a lot more than teasing someone, but can seem like the same thing. Bullying is repeated behavior that is not wanted by the person receiving it (or the target).

There are different types of bullying. The four main ones are

  • physical
  • verbal
  • social
  • cyberbullying

Most of the bullying for kids and teens took place during or after school until cyberbullying became more popular. Now it can happen twenty-four hours a day with the internet and social media.

Bullying and teasing others isn’t a new phenomenon, it has been going on for years. Why do we continue to let it happen? One of the common reasons we hear is, it is just letting kids be kids. What? It is letting kids be mean to other kids. I think my mom always told me to be nice to others. And do on to others as you would have them do onto you. Why can’t people just be kind others?

In Shawn’s Way, Shawn Townson becomes the target of bullying because Josh Alberts picks him to take his anger out on. How does Shawn deal with it?

Shawn didn’t choose to be picked on

When Josh finds out that he will no longer be on the Mulston varsity baseball team, he becomes angry. He knows that the reason he isn’t allowed back on the team for his senior year isn’t about his abilities; it is a consequence of something he did last fall. Instead of talking to someone about how he felt or owning what he did and accepting his consequence, he picked someone to take it out on instead. That was Shawn.

Shawn Townson was starting his freshman year at Multson High School. His older brother, Caleb, Also played baseball on the varsity team with Josh and was seen as one of the popular guys at school. Shawn didn’t want to be caught in his brother’s shadow, and was ready to explore some new things and grow into his own skin.

Homeless teen - Boy in hoodie

As being a target of a bully became more intense as the school year went on, instead of being excited about the new school year, he became anxious to be there and confused as to why he was being picked on. At first he thought it might be a thing that seniors did to freshman to “welcome” them to high school. But as it went on, he began to realize he was the only one being picked on. He then began to feel isolated and afraid it wasn’t going to stop.

What can we do to stop bullying?

According to StopBullying.gov, when adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.

When you are faced with this situation, here is some information from stopbullying.gov,

Coach your teen to talk about how they feel

Create an open and safe place for your teen to talk to you or another caring adult about how they feel. This will give them a place to come and talk about hat is happening and get help working out a solution to their situation. Here are some things to mention to them.

  • Talk to your parent, teacher, or an adult you trust. Be honest about how you feel. This helps you feel less alone and the adult can help you come up with a plan to stop the bullying
  • Be aware of your surroundings: don’t go somewhere where bullying can easily occur and stay close to adults and other students.
  • Keep talking! Don’t keep your feelings inside. Keep the communication between your parent or trusted adult open. Don’t face it alone!
  • Give them a teen help line number to have on their phone. This will be a good resource for them to have whether it is them or someone else who is being the target of a bully.

And, be sure to be okay with the fact that your teen may not come to you to get help. Sometimes it is easier for them to reach out to someone else. Support them in the fact they are getting help.

Are you looking for resources for teen issues like teen homelessness? Check out our resource page on Mentoring A Dream – Resources.

Shawn’s Way is about being the target of a bully

Whether it is positive or negative, reading a book about how someone else deals with a challenge can help us. Not only to see that other people face the same challenges, but give us an idea on how to deal with it ourselves.

Shawn’s Way is the second book in The Way Series by Selma P. Verde. It is the story of Shawn Townson and how he navigates being the target of a bully. See how he deals with the anxiety and the confusion it creates. Follow the link below to pick up your copy today.

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The Way Series – Selma P. Verde

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