The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty.
It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all senior citizens.
Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young.
"There’s the clique system just like everywhere else," said Betsy Gran, who until recently was assistant director at San Francisco’s 30th Street Senior Center. "It’s like ’Mean Girls,’ but everyone is 80."（AP）
turn away：慣用語，拒絕讓某人進入某處；拒絕，斥退。例句：The loan officer had to turn the young couple away because they didn’t meet the bank’s lending criteria.（貸款人員以未達銀行融資標準為由回絕了這對年輕夫妻。）
have something on one’ hands：慣用語，手頭有（麻煩事）要處理；被指責要為…負責。例句：The death of the prominent political dissent is on the government’s hands.（政府要為這位知名政治異議人士之死負責。）