Le’Taxione is a scholar of a wide array of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, theology, biology and physiology. In this work he brings to bear his extensive studies and his own life experiences in order to deter young people away from violence. He has also authored the Nine Steps to Empowerment Process (N’STEP)(R) Gang Violence Prevention and Intervention Curriculum and Gangology 101: The New Paradigm(TM) which is N’STEP’s 2nd Edition. Additionally, he is the author of Gangology 101’s companion text, Original Diamond Boy - Psychology of a Gang Banger. Through these works he illuminates the psychology of violence; an illumination necessary to aid our youth and ultimately the entire community in the quest for healing and transformation.
A Bully's Behavior
A Bully's Behavior
Published Feb 10, 2011
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Conflict Resolution
ENGAGING THE YOUTH -- CHANGING THE FUTURE(TM)...
In his second children’s book, A Bully’s Behavior, Le’Taxione takes on the subject of bullying and shows us a path toward the transformation of both victim and bully. The story is clear and crisp, with lovely illustrations by Randy “Blue Bear” Dixon. While intended for children from late elementary through middle school, older students and adults will find it enjoyable and illuminating. I was particularly struck by the communication between the fathers and sons. The hero of the book, Ivory, is afraid that his stepfather will see him as a coward because he doesn’t want to fight and has chosen, instead, to avoid confrontations. The bully, James, tells his father, “Every time I cried you told me to stop acting like a girl.” Fortunately, Ivory’s dad is able to assure his son that avoiding confrontations is not cowardly, and James’ dad is able to apologize for giving his son the wrong impression. The ending of the story is one of reconciliation, brought about because of the willingness of all involved, children and parents, to meet and speak freely and truthfully. Le’Taxione helps us understand that truth and reconciliation are needed for healing in middle schools as well as in the wider community and the world. Barbara Bennett, Ph.D. School Psychologist and Educational Consultant. Co-founder of First Place School (an independent school in Seattle for children who have experienced trauma due to family and/or community violence, homelessness, poverty, racism and oppression). Instructor, “The Psychology of Trauma”, a University Behind Bars course at Monroe Correctional Complex.