Wednesday, February 1, 2012
BOOK: Anthony Carnovale's "In Full Uniform"
In 2006 Carnovale released ‘In Full Uniform’. Though the main character’s name is Jesse, the book tells Greg’s story and is dedicated to the teen. “I knew it was a good story. The initial response was absolutely fantastic, but I didn’t want it to go to my head too much,” said Carnovale, noting that initially those he heard feedback from were friends, students, and those who had known Greg – a bit of a biased bunch. But then, after a large series in a national daily newspaper, response started coming in from strangers across the country. The book is standard reading for staff of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and is available in school libraries across the Board. Due to popular demand, it was re-released at the end of 2010 and is now available on amazon.ca and chapters.ca. “They all know how it ends… the story is how he got there,” Carnovale explained. Different people will interpret literature in different ways, and the librarian thinks that sometimes readers miss his most important take away message. It’s not that kids can be mean, although they can be. It’s that people can be mean, and that adults need to acknowledge and deal with their own role as bullies (Bolton teacher tackles bullying in book).
Bullying is an abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "targeted individual" (Wikipedia).