What Makes a Child Resilient?

David Oriani, today a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island, was a 13-year-old public school seventh-grader when the bullying began. "At first, I tried to brush it off," he remembers. "But it got worse. I got beat up every day and couldn't take it. I'd fake being sick. My grades slipped." David's parents, having learned of his travails, went to school administrators. But the harassment was ceaseless, and David's thoughts darkened: "I felt, 'What did I do to deserve this?' I wanted revenge. I never sat down and planned anything--I personally couldn't pick up a gun and kill someone, it's...

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