I used to watch people get bullied, and while one part of me was feeling very sad for them, another was feeling glad the attention was not on me.

I think a lot of children are socially anxious. Expecting a socially anxious bystander to step in is too confronting.

The reason bystanders do not step in is safety. While someone else is copping it, they are safe.

Respect or no respect, telling a bystander to give up his or her little haven of relief is expecting a bit too much I think.

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