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An Elementary School Sent Home Flyer Saying Not To Tell On Bullies And To Learn To Laugh At Insults

Parents were not exactly thrilled about the advice.

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The flyer has nine rules for children who experience bullying, advising kids not to tell on bullies and to not make bullies mad by defending themselves.

Rule #1: Refuse to get mad.

Rule #2: Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you.

Rule #3: Do not be afraid.

Rule #4: Do not verbally defend yourself.

Rule #5: Do not attack.

Rule #6: If someone physically hurts you, just show you are hurt; do not get angry.

Rule #7: Do not tell on bullies.

Rule #8: Don't be a sore loser.

Rule #9: Learn to laugh at yourself and not get "hooked" by put-downs.

On Wednesday, the Lincoln Public Schools Facebook page responded to the controversy, apologizing for the "inaccurate information" that was "sent home with good intentions."

Facebook: lincolnpublicschools

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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