How to deal with purple pants and bullies

Rose Willigar
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PARRSBORO: A fun interactive lesson in bullying was the focus at the assembly held at Parrsboro Regional Elementary School (PRES) on May 14.
"The Bully and the Purple Pants!" is the program Paul Behnke uses when teaching elementary aged children the positive and effective ways to deal with bullies.
This interactive program focuses on three main areas, which include the characteristics of a bully, how to avoid being an easy target for a bully and how to respond positive and effectively to bullies.
During this 45 minute presentation students are encouraged to participate in the songs that Behnke performs as a way of educating primary and junior aged children when it comes to issues like bullying.
"Walk away from the bully," Behnke said.
The entertainer explained to PRES students the importance of not getting involved with bullies in any kind of physical interchange along with additional ways to deal with bullying such as walk away, tell a teacher or trusted adult when being bullied.
Behnke teaches these students ways to tell a bully in polite firm tones not to bother you and also teaches kids how to keep from reacting emotionally when dealing with a bully.
"A bully wants to keep the bullying between themselves and the person they're bullying," Behnke said addressing PRES students. "Why do you suppose that is?"
The answer that came from one student in the audience was, "because the bully will get in trouble."
Another strong piece of advise Behnke gave PRES students was, "Ignore the bully but don't ignore the problem."

Organizations: Parrsboro Regional Elementary School

Geographic location: PARRSBORO

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