2011-02-25 / Community

Going Bonkers Over Bullying

By Nicholas Briano

“Bonk!” – the new e-book by Wave editorial cartoonist Elgin Bolling. “Bonk!” – the new e-book by Wave editorial cartoonist Elgin Bolling. Wave editorial cartoonist Elgin Bolling says he was bullied as a child and wanted to do more than simply point a finger at the subject, denounce it and move on.

“Bonk!” is a cartoon-illustrated short story e-book about a baby troll who grows up to be a bully, only to realize in the end that his actions have serious consequences. Even though Bolling says the book took him just a few hours to put together, he hopes it can have a lasting impact to anyone who chooses to download and read Bonk’s story.

Bolling wrote the story in rhyme and creates humorous characters and dialogue that kids can enjoy, while learning a valuable life lesson about bullying.

“I wanted to target towards educators, parents, teachers and anyone involved in intervening with kids,” Bolling says. “When I was a kid I thought bullying was something we grew out of.”

But Bolling knows that the results and consequences of bullying can be dangerous and long lasting even through a person’s adult years.

“I want to do more than point a finger at this,” he continued. “I started to think about the potential roots of bullying. Who’s to blame for this? Because I don’t think kids simply wake up in the morning and decide to become bullies.”

In Bonk’s case his behavioral roots manifest in his parents’ treatment throughout early childhood. Bonk grows up with the mentality that his parents were bigger than he and he had to listen to them no matter what. How-ever, Bonk’s parents’ approach was more physical in nature than verbal.

“Dysfunctional families are, in part, a contributing factor, so I wanted to approach bullying from the angle of family,” Bolling said. “In the end I want to help create real dialogue with parents and educators to start the intervention process early.”

Just like Bonk’s actions, Bolling added, bullying in real life speaks to the matter of personal responsibility – another message he tries to get across in the story. Bolling’s book is available for download at epubbud.com or through Bolling’s blog at www.subwaysurfer.blogspot.com.

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