The Protectors

Resources for Educators, Counselors and Others in Authority

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
Dr. Philip Zimbardo explains many of the dynamics that create gang bullying, and why seemingly good people can be led to commit extreme acts of cruelty and abuse.





Necessary EndingsNecessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships that All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward
Dr. Henry Cloud has created an excellent resource on how to reach difficult people within your organization, including serial Bullies. This book will help you bring justice, compassion and fairness into the Theater of Bullying for both children, young adults and in the adult workplace.




The Narcissistic EpidemicThe Narcissistic Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement
Talk to enough teachers who have been around for a while and many will tell you that something has changed for the worst in America: A sense of entitlement among today’s youth that would have been shocking just 20 years ago. Authors Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell explain how today’s “over-praised generation” has created an unintended side effect: an entire generation of entitled, self-centered and arrogant children–a perfect environment to breed bullies.




The Psychology of Helping and AltruismThe Psychology of Helping and Altruism by Schroeder, Penner, Dovidio and Pillavin
Why do some people push past fear and do the right thing afraid, while most others continue in apathy or worse join a Bully’s campaign of abuse? How can you grow a more pro-social culture within your organization? These questions and more are explored in this academic work within social psychology.





Letters to a Bullied Girl

Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope by Olivia Gardner with Emily and Sarah Buder
Hurrah for sisters Emily and Sarah Buder. When they read about a girl nearby who was being bullied–they did something about it. They enacted a letter-writing campaign intended to lift her spirits. But it did so much more. Bring this book into your organization to help your students better understand what bullying really does to more than just Targets but to regretful Bystanders years later.




Let The Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Protectors has adopted many of the principles from this courageous leader and brought them into the “Theater of Bullying.” Principals such as assertive but non-violent resistance to injustice and evil, the importance of keeping hope alive among the marginalized, the role courage plays in doing the right thing afraid, how best to love in the face of hatred and injustice, employing the heroic imagination among youth toward noble ends, and so much more. His warning to today’s church is as prophetic and foreboding as it was more than 50 years ago: “If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.” (pp 228-229)



 Hardwired to Connect: The New Scientific Case for Authoritative Communities
This report is about rising rates of mental problems and emotional distress among U.S. children and adolescents. Written by a group of 33 children’s doctors, research scientists, and mental health and youth service professionals, the report does three things: it identifies the crisis; it presents what these experts believe to be a main cause of the crisis; and, it introduces a new concept, authoritative communities, intended to help youth service professionals, policy makers, and the entire society do a better job of addressing the crisis.