Here’s an article (Learn by Cooing: Empathy Lessons From Little Tykes) about an outside-of-the-box approach to dealing with problems like bullying among younger students — bring in a really really younger student. In this program called Roots of Empathy, a baby (with mother) is adopted by a classroom to change the tone of a class of children to decrease aggressive behavior and feelings. You can’t get much more touchy-feely than this, but if it works it’s certainly worth looking at.