In Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War (1974) and Beyond the Chocolate War (1985), Trinity high school suffers from a bullying climate. The behaviour of Brother Leon, as a teacher and assistant headmaster who later becomes the headmaster, exemplifies workplace bullying, while peer harassment pollutes the student environment. This sequence of two novels describes one full school year and forms a narrative that reveals how Trinity school perpetuates a bully culture. Protagonist Jerry Renault embodies the victim role. Vigils members John Carter, Emile Janza, and Bunting bully peers, while Obie both harasses and gets victimised. Roland Goubert and fellow Trinity students become both onlookers and victims. Archie Costello and Brother Leon enact the worst bullying practices, and intimidation by The Vigils and the headmaster will persist without systemic changes and the removal of Leon as administrator at Trinity.
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