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School bullies are known all over the world. Before you read the article, think about the following points:
Think about the following questions:
*What is a bully?
*Is bullying a serious problem in schools, here in Bangladesh?
*Did you experience any bullying at school? If yes, what happened?
*Did you see or hear anyone being bullied at school? If yes, what happened?
*Have you ever bullied someone?

Match the following words with their meanings.

Read the title below and try to predict what the article is about.

"Doctors Group Takes Aim At School Bullies"

Scan the article quickly and find the answers to the following questions.

1. What is the name of the largest organisation of United States doctors?
2. Where was the meeting for these doctors held?
3. What type of doctor is Edward Hill?
4. Which group has prepared a report on the problems caused by school bullying?
5. Which groups does the AMA want to be part of a national campaign against bullying?

The largest U.S doctors' group took a stand against school bullies, urging a far flung effort to change attitudes and asking colleagues to talk to younger patients who may be suffering in silence.

Research gleaned from previous studies presented to the American Medical Association's House of Delegates, which met in the U.S, concluded that roughly one out of 10 U.S school children are victims of bullying. Between 7 percent and 15 percent of children bully others, though some bullies are victims as well.

Persistent bullying has been cited in the cases of several perpetrators of school shootings in recent years, and many family physicians say intervention is needed.

The resolution called for the group to work with federal agencies, medical societies, mental health organisations, schools, and youth groups to create a national campaign against bullying.

It also urged doctors to monitor younger patients for psychiatric symptoms that may stem from being bullied. "Too many children are being terrorised at school or on the playground and remaining silent about it," said one physician.

On a different front, the AMA agreed to provide additional financial support to its nascent doctors union. The union, Physicians for Responsible Negotiation, sought additional funding to pay salaries and meet its costs in arguing two cases involving the right to represent doctors and nurses in front of the U.S National Labour Relations Board.

The union effort, begun in 1999, was aimed at countering the bargaining power of health maintenance organisations by collectivising doctors and other health care workers.

Is it true, false or not given?
Read the text again and write 'T' for true, 'F' for false and 'NG' for not given.

1. The victims are often traumatised in later life.
2. About 10% of U.S school children are bullied.
3. There is clear medical evidence that bullying is bad for your health.
4. Victims of bullying don't suffer any long-term problems.
5. The union efforts began in 1998.
6. Anti-bullying programs in school are common.
7. Some bullies are also bullied by other children.
8. The incidence of bullying in school has increased.
9. Victims of bullying sometimes stay silent.

Imagine you bullied someone when you were younger, write a letter to this person and apologise. Describe the situation, say why you did it and how you feel about it now.

Vocabulary: 1 I, 2- g, 3-a, 4 h, 5 f, 6 d, 7-b, 8 e, 9 c
True/false/not given
1 NG, 2 T, 3 NG, 4 F, 5 F, 6 NG, 7..T, 8 NG, 9 T

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