Yes, even a pro football player can be bullied

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When you picture National Football League players, it’s difficult to envision them as targets of bullying. It is quite possible, though, that bullying is an issue in the NFL.


Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, Jonathan Martin, left the team recently, alleging that teammate Richie Incognito has bullied him.

Martin is 6-foot-5, 312 pounds. Can a man this size, a professional football player, no less, really be bullied so badly that he feels he must leave his team?

The Dolphins must think so, because they’ve suspended Incognito, and rumors are that his future in Miami is over.

This incident might serve as a powerful teachable moment about how prolific bullying is, and not just in schools.

We tend to teach kids that the strong pick on the weak. Maybe it’s time to take a long, careful look at just who the weak are.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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