A bully punches him in the face. Later, he follows the bully home, and that's where he sees it.


"Hurt people hurt people," the saying goes.

We like to divide the world into "bullies" and "victims." It can be a helpful way of thinking about things, especially when we're in a situation where someone else is causing us a lot of pain. But the reality is, unfortunately, more complicated than that.

According to a 2008 study in the U.K., while 5% of children ages 8-11 can be classified as "bullies," only 0.5 percent are really "true bullies": kids who bully, but don't get bullied by others. That means that up to 90% of "bullies" are also victims of bullying. The bullies identified in the study also displayed higher incidences of anger, depression, and suicidal behavior.

Growing up is rough on everyone, but it doesn't have to be. If you or someone you know is the victim of bullying, StopBullying.gov is a great source of information on how to heal. For LGBTQ youth, the Trevor Project has terrific resources as well. It's never too late.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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