August 21, 2018
Walking Away From a Bully Without Saying Anything
“Walking away is not running away.” “It is removing yourself from an upsetting, bad or dangerous situation, while maintaining dignity and safety.”
“Walk away with your head up, back straight and a normal walking pace, focused on going to another place, preferably to where there are other people, perhaps adults. This doesn’t mean that you have to go and stand right beside an adult or even tell an adult what is happening.”
Do Not Do These Things:
• Do not walk with your head down or shoulders slumped.
• Do not shuffle your feet or look like you are defeated.
• Do not make large movements or swing your arms too much when walking.
• Do not walk to an empty part of a field or alleyway, or an empty hallway or an empty bathroom (even if the bully is of the opposite sex).
“When walking away, determine if the bully is following you.” “Listen for footsteps and watch through the corner of your eye. The bully may continue to say mean things, so determine if the sound of the bully’s voice is getting softer with distance or the sound of the bully’s voice is very close.”
Excerpt from: The Wallop Story