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GIRL Fights, Friendship & Bullying: Online Talk Thursday

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 5:09 pm in Kids & Tweens.

Girlz Club at El Monte Elementary  (Photo by Karl Mondon, Contra Costa Times)
Mean girl syndrome starts early, says Times reporter Theresa Harrington. Teachers and parents are starting to spot the signature jealousy, cattiness and vicious back-stabbing as early as fifth grade. Now, El Monte Elementary principal Christina Boman (pictured, above) and fifth grade teacher Linn Kissinger are doing something about it. They launched a lunchtime Girls Club at the Concord school so tweens could express concerns, share insights and strengthen their friendships – and the program has been so successful, a male teacher launched a Boys Club too. Join Boman and Kissinger online Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. (PST) for a round-table chat about the Girls Club and the issues facing tween girls.

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2 Responses to “GIRL Fights, Friendship & Bullying: Online Talk Thursday”

  1. Teri Stoddard Says:

    I sure hope this helps. Mean girls turn into mean wives and mean mothers. I thank God someone is seriously addressing aggression in girls.

    In teen and college-age relationships, girls are more likely to strike their partners than boys.

    Twenty-five to thirty-three percent of women in self-disclosure studies admit battering their male partners.

    In half of marriages with abuse, both people batter each other. Some studies now show, of the other half, it’s a woman battering a man seventy percent of the time.

    Now if we can just get someone to use Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds to pay for classes for mean girls. I’m not going to hold my breath!

  2. sara Says:

    They are also starting the lunch girl groups at my daughter’s school because of the problems the kids are having. It’s about time the did something! I don’t remember the cattiness of this age group or how hurtful some kids can be. I do remember some kids being left out and ignored because they were “different” and teachers did nothing to help it. That old bs line “girls will be girls” or “boys will be boys” is such a lame excuse for horrid behavior! I’ve seen people’s lives destroyed by being the center of peers negativity. Where the hell are the teachers??

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