I read a news story this morning about an 11 year old boy who hanged himself, presumably because of the bullying he was subjected to at school.
His mother tried to get help for him, but no one at his school would acknowledge that a problem existed.
Until it was too late.
This story has haunted me all day. And has strengthened my resolve to homeschool my children.
The subject of bullying has been a hot topic over at the Mom’s Homeroom Message Boards for the last couple of weeks. (I’m the online moderator, and for that saga of surprise employment go here.) I’ve been following a number of stories in that thread on bullying, and it breaks my heart when I can sense the anguish in a parent’s words as they describe the treatment their child is subjected to. And yet they cannot get the school authorities to help, or even see that there is a problem.
I know that bullying has been around as long as children have been picking their noses. I myself was on the receiving end of bullying in the 8th grade. I was fresh out of parochial school, after having moved to a new state. The class mean girl had it in for me, and threatened to beat me up every single day on the school bus.
Is it wrong to secretly hope that she grew up to have a hairy wart on her face?
I was too frightened to say a word to anyone. It was a well known fact that she packed a pocket knife. While I was armed only with groovy white go-go boots and baby blue eye shadow. I didn’t have a prayer.
It wasn’t until I befriended a MUCH BIGGER girl, that the bullying ceased. I never told my parents. Why? I don’t have an answer.
Have you all dealt with issues of bullying involving your kids, and how do you handle it?