Group bullying remained a secret until Rachel Simmons wrote one of the first books called, "Odd Girl Out: the Hidden Culture of Aggression In Girls".
Since then many other books have followed along with movies, talk shows and seminars. Even our Education Department has a programme directed against group bullying in schools.
However group bullying meets a deep emotional need so group bullying has been transferred from the school to the internet.
And group bullying has been so successful on the internet, it has caused a number of high profile suicides.
And group bullying has been so successful on the internet because it meets deep emotional needs such as the need to belong, the need to scapegoat the different, and the need to express ressentiment in way that is safe for the individual.
One of the problems is that group bullies don't think of themselves as bullies, they feel what they are doing is right and just, right to the suicide of their victim. It is a kind of lynch mob mentality. "The Madness of Crowds", was written in 1932 and crowds haven't changed their minds since then.
It takes moral courage to oppose the madness of crowds and we have the opportunity to show moral courage and oppose the group bullying on Central.