A recent front-page article in The New York Times mentioned
two specific attacks used by bullies at summer camp. The first was,
"I'm the boss of this camp, and if I don't like you, you're
in trouble," and the second was, "Don't be a girl."
("A Preventive Eye to Bullying, Once Held to Be Camp Custom,"
by Jane Gross, reporting from West Copake, N.Y., The New York
Times, Monday, June 28, 2004.)
In a weeklong orientation, counselors under the direction of a
visiting psychologist, offered suggestions for remedies to the first
insult above: "(1.) put kid in contact with other, nicer
kids; (2.) contact the bully's parents; (3.) demand an
apology from the offender and a signed contract about future behavior;
(4.) put the kids in different bunks."
The article went on to suggest a particularly astonishing remedy:
"(5.) give special attention to the typical victims, children
easily humiliated because they are unathletic, timid, disabled or
less attractive than their peers."