Teachers and school administrators should also read Please Stop Laughing at Me, as it serves as a guide for identifying students who may be bullying victims. By looking into the mind of a victim, teachers and administrators will be better equipped to establish their own anti-bullying programs and better handle difficult situations with students and parents.
Unlike the 2003 edition, the 2010 version includes a reader's guide offering additional resources for schools and parents. In addition, she explains her It's NOT Just Joking Around seminars, providing information that may help schools form their own anti-bullying programs. While the book cover proclaims that this new edition includes information on cyberbullying, Blanco addresses the issue in only a few questions during an author interview. This vital issue deserves its own chapter and should be explored more thoroughly in future editions. Blanco relies solely on her own experiences, which is understandable, but it would be interesting to have a psychiatrist weigh in on why certain students bully others, or how victims can be affected into adulthood. The healing process is surely more complicated than Blanco describes, and an expert's opinions on how such students can be helped would have been incredibly useful.
Blanco states that when one suffers abuse, "you can do one of two things. You can learn how to turn your pain into purpose and make a difference in the world, or you can allow it to extinguish the light inside you" (p. 213). Indeed, Please Stop Laughing at Me demonstrates just that, as Blanco clearly turned her negative experiences into a force for good. While her story — and recovery process — may not apply to everyone, it provides a valuable illustration of the long lasting damage bullying can inflict on someone. If nothing else, Blanco's book may inspire other Adult Survivors of Peer Abuse to come forward with their stories, and elicit productive dialogue with all affected parties on this important issue.
For more information on Blanco and It's NOT Just Joking Around, visit her website.