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Kids bully Kids - but their words and actions are the quintessential juvenile behaviours that often get masked as "kids being kids". It's also assumed bullying happens in schools, and though we're on a big crusade now to combat bullying, it still goes on.
Adults bully Kids - their words are often masked as being ageist, and they no longer pull hair and tell Yo Mama jokes to make a kid react. Instead they use fear and condescension to make a child feel bad. In some cases, they will use physical violence also. A public example of this was on the internet when an adult bullied someone her child knew in school on Facebook. abcnews.go.com/.../story?id=20617247
Adults bully Adults - this is common in the workplace. Anyone over the age of 18 probably has seen it happen when cliques can attack an individual or one individual is constantly put in uncomfortable situations purposely. It also happens in traffic when there is roadrage. It happens in relationships when one is being abusive. In our neighbourhoods when people who live close by to each other try to do things to control or ruin a peaceful existence together and overstep boundaries of what is acceptable as neighbours.
Kids bully Adults - Yes. Even though it might not be as common, the behaviour of a child as I mentioned in the Kids bully Kids example is still there, only done to purposely torment an adult. Constant name-calling, teasing, and acting out in ways that can cause harm to them or their property is bullying. Adults will never admit to this as they are the ones who are supposed to control their environment and come to a resolution to get the child to stop. Often times, it can work, but not often will the adult tell anyone they've been bullied. They'll likely just say they were harassed or that a kid was being a delinquent. But technically, bullying is still what it is. It's just semantics.4