Don’t tell on bullies, a Nebraska elementary school told fifth-graders in a flier. “The number one reason bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them.”
Don’t defend yourself with words, the flier advised. “If we defend, we lose.” Don’t fight back. “It’s the person who retaliates or responds who actually starts the fight.”
Don’t show anger, fear or resentment.
When insulted, “treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you. Be grateful and think they really care about you.” Or — slightly less creepy — make a joke about insults by agreeing. “If you think I’m ugly, you should see my sister!”
Parents objected. Lincoln Public Schools officials have apologized.