In the recent Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion show Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore exploded into a major on-air brawl.
During the escalating conflict Williams grabbed Moore's hair using it as leverage while pulling her down on the floor. Williams dragged Moore across the floor by her hair.
The hair pulling bullying was triggered by two years of unrelenting taunting which Williams endured at the hands of Moore.
While some believe William's hair pulling bullying of Moore was justified by Moore's abuse, others believe it was just a part of the ongoing drama which occurs on the popular reality TV show.
Many fans were disturbed by the entire episode, especially when the conflict ended in on-air hair pulling and assault.
Bullying experts worry that shows like The Real Housewives Of Atlanta sets a very bad example for bullies by encouraging hair pulling and other inappropriate behaviors.
Hair pulling bullying is on the rise and can cause serious injuries if not potential life-threatening conditions.
Hair Pulling Bullying Scalp Injury
In October of 2013 the media reported a horrific hair pulling bullying incident directed towards a8 year old third-grader in Roopville, Georgia. The little girl wound up in the emergency room, where a massive wound on the crown of her head was treated as a very serious burn.
The little girl's hair was pulled so hard by bullies, it literally tore off part of her scalp. Her family reported that a history of long term bullying towards the little girl accelerated when she had hair extensions added.
As a result of the continual hair pulling, the little girl developed serious damage to her scalp which required her head be shaved to prevent infection. The bullies were expelled from school and the little girl was transferred to another district.
Hair Pulling Bullying
Four years ago it was reported by the Kitsap Sun news in Washington that an incident of hair pulling bullying had occurred on a Peninsula High School bus. An 18-year-old Lakebay woman grabbed the hair of another student and yanked her head backwards.
The victim of the hair pulling bullying action explained she'd opened a window on the bus to dissipate the smell of her attacker's perfume.
The victim is asthmatic and the attacker had deliberately sprayed perfume on the victim to be confrontational.
When a disagreement over the window continued, the attacker resorted to hair pulling. The victim said her head and neck had been hurt when her hair was pulled.
The attacker admitted to the authorities she had pulled the victim's hair. Kitsap County Prosecutors investigated filing possible assault charges.
Summary - Hair Pulling Bullying Scalp Injury
Hair pulling is a serious bullying behavior which experts fear may be encouraged by reality TV shows and related media outlets.
As anti-bullying groups work to education people about the dangers of allowing bullying to continue, it's important for the media to understand the role it plays in helping to send the right message.
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