By SYLVIE PAILLARD
Squamish — Parents of bullied children and victims themselves have expressed both anger and hope on the newly formed Facebook group “Bully Free Howe Sound.”
“I am so happy this group is here because I felt rather alone,” wrote the mother of one bullied boy, who has a mild form of autism. “Haven’t any of the incidents in schools such as Columbine shown that bullying has to stop? There should be a no tolerance policy in place and used to its fullest extent.”
Bianca Peters formed the group three weeks ago — 10 months after her son began experiencing harassment and assaults at his school. Peters said she was at her wit’s end because her son’s school and the school district were ineffective in dealing with the bullying.
“It began with one child telling my son to go kill himself at the beginning of the year and ended with him being beaten up by another boy while on a school sponsored trip at the end of the year. The events during the in between months have been overwhelming,” states Peters on the website.
She said she was livid when a year-end report card alluded to her son’s responsibility in his own victimization, describing her son in a way she says she’d never heard of before. Full story.