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Former bully has tips for confronting bullies

Posted: 11:07 PM, Oct 16, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-17 04:07:05Z

Michael Turner knows plenty about bullying.

He used to be one.

“I never realized how bad I was,” Turner said.

Now his goal is to help reduce bullying.

“I know now the pain that I have committed.”

Bullies can more easily target people now than when he was young, Turner said.

“With social media now, we call [bullies] ‘studio gangsters,’ so now it’s a lot of talk,” Turner said.

Bullies can “intimidate ten people [now]… versus me having to wait for you after school.”

Milwaukee-based Generations Against Bullying , or GAB, connected NBC 26 with Turner.

GAB recommends that witnesses to bullying step in and talk to a bully.

Turner supports the strategy, and has the following ideas for what witnesses could say in such a confrontation:

“ ‘Why do you want to pick on somebody?  What are you getting out of having this guy scared of you?  Obviously he’s scared of you, so you already won.’”

When a bystander intervenes, bullying stops within 10 seconds more than 50 percent of the time, according to stopbullying.gov .