A teacher in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England (formerly of European Union fame) changed the way her students thought about bullying with help from some apples. Rosie Dutton teaches children about relaxation and mindfulness in schools throughout the UK. She also puts the traumatic effects of bullying into terms they'll understand.
Dutton opened the discussion by describing both apples as juicy and delicious, until she dropped one on the floor. Then the kids got mean:
I picked up the apple I'd dropped on the floor and started to tell the children how I disliked this apple, that I thought it was disgusting, it was a horrible colour and the stem was just too short. I told them that because I didn't like it, I didn't want them to like it either, so they should call it names too.
Some children looked at me like I was insane, but we passed the apple around the circle calling it names, 'you're a smelly apple', 'I don't even know why you exist', 'you've probably got worms inside you' etc.
We really pulled this poor apple apart. I actually started to feel sorry for the little guy.
Like with humans, the kids were then kinder to the prettier, undamaged one: