The Bully Barn: A Lesson For Bullies, Bystanders and Victims

ABOUT Robert Gioia

Robert Gioia
I have been a police officer in the province of Ontario for over 24 years. I have spent several years as a school liaison officer addressing criminal complaints and specializing in presenting to youths on many topics. In addition, I created numerous presentations for the V.I.P. (Values, In More...



Bullying is a scourge that scars the very fiber of our children and can affect them adversely for the rest of their lives. Sadly, the mental anguish experienced by youths is so extreme that in many cases it amounts to torture and can sometimes have fatal consequences. In the end, no one deserves to have their childhood stolen from them. Education is the key. Children need to receive a consistent positive message from parents, educators, and any other meaningful influence. 
The Bully Barn is a story about a barn mouse named Marty who is bullied incessantly by numerous animals on a farm. This book teaches children and their parents about the various types of bullying, coping skills, and the important role of bystanders (part of the solution or part of the problem). The Bully Barn delivers that message in a manner children can both understand and relate to in an entertaining fashion. In doing so children will not only understand bullying behavior but will also have the courage to affect change while increasing awareness for victims, bystanders, and even the bullies themselves. The most important message is the negative effect of bystanders and the fact that any one "person" can indeed make a difference. It is not your typical children's book as it was developed to assist parents and educators in teaching children about bullying. It also contains numerous discussion questions that will assist with comprehension and invoke thought. Additional information relating bullying is also included. It is truly an entertaining and educational story/resource for both children and adults alike.

"I hadn't expected to find this book as enjoyable as I did mostly because of the topic that it was about.  However, right from the very beginning it had me engaged and everything fit together...this book was a little gold mine of different ways for teachers to engage students in the classroom." - Online Book Club official review