The Chocolate War looks at how physical, verbal, and psychological violence are blended together to create the seriously unhealthy environment at Trinity high school. Be warned: there is lots of violence in this book. For about half of the novel, the physical violence is pretty tame, though there's plenty of twisted mind games and verbal violence along the way. When the novel's hero, Jerry Renault, refuses to sell the chocolates for a school fundraiser, though, all hell breaks lose. The novel ends in a frenzy of violence and bloodlust, from which Jerry might never recover.
The bullying problem is so huge at Trinity because Brother Leon is teaching kids how to bully, and encouraging them to practice what they've learned.
The students at Trinity are being educated to victimize others when they go out into the real world.