From the TheScian.com August Newsletter:
I want to share an incident that happened yesterday at my 3 year old neice’s birthday party. A few families were invited and the kids were playing inside an inflated house – they call that bouncy-castle – with two entranes through which the kids could crawl in. The kids were jumping around and I was aghast to notice my neice and her friend (another little girl) gang up against their classmate, a little boy, and effectively bully him from entering the inflated house for almost 10 minutes. If kids were adults they would break each other’s heads in an instant. This incident reminded me of William Golding’s first novel Lord of the Flies which so devastatingly captured the brutal life of a society run by children. Golding was a school teacher and that may have helped. (If you haven’t read Golding, I recommend The Inheritors).