Perhaps, like me, you remember mean girl behavior being relegated to middle school or high school. Being ostracized, gossiped about, teased, berated or made to feel inferior. I certainly was a victim of it. Perhaps you were too. And it was terrible. But there seems to have been an age-compression of sorts—where the ugly behavior we once saw in teens, is now happening in younger grades- where competition and social humiliation is on the rise. What we once discussed regarding queen bees and cliques in 5th and 6th grade is now the buzz of 1st and second graders. It can no longer be ignored- we must address this right now.