Social exclusion has been demonstrated to be the worst form of bullying . In extreme forms it has been linked to suicide .
"Then the rumours; that I was a ‘slut’ and had slept with number of guys (never mind that I hadn’t even had my first kiss yet)."
"The whispers spread and girls
would give me looks in the hall, or call me names.
I stopped being friends with her clique, but the bullying didn’t stop;"
"Other friends from the same group weren’t allowed to speak to me, or they risked facing her wrath."
"As any teenager will tell you, around the age of 12 tight cliques of friends tend to form among girls; even more so in single sex schools, like the catholic all-girls school I attended from years seven to 12.
The world of Mean Girls wasn’t too far off of my experience growing up, with tribes forming and bullying commonplace."
"Many childhood bullies continue their bullying behaviour as adults as well; a parliamentary report into workplace bullying found that one in three adults had experienced some form of bullying at work."