While standing up to a bully is often the right choice, it’s not always safe to do so.
“If someone is being physically harmed, you should go get a teacher,” says Ellis. “Telling an adult isn’t tattling—you’re helping someone.”
In this case, don’t put yourself in danger by stepping up to someone bigger than you. Tell a trusted adult. You’re still being an upstander if you go get help from someone else.
Plus, by walking away, you’re taking away the bully’s audience. Bullies are encouraged by kids laughing, or even worse, posting pics or video of the scene online. Just don’t walk away assuming that someone else is getting help.