I’m the proud mom of a young man who spoke up about the bully who was standing in the way of his getting an education. A wonderful kid, my fifth-grade son attended a well-respected private school in the Dallas area. And while his classmates were learning reading, math, social studies, science and other academic subjects, my son was struggling daily to manage a bully.
Once my son spoke up it didn’t take our family long to realize the answer to the problem was to leave the school. The institution had no formal policy surrounding bullying, was unwilling to have the bully suffer any apparent consequences, did not make the bully apologize, and was ultimately unable to curtail the bullying. Essentially my husband and I didn’t feel secure that our son was physically, much less mentally and emotionally, safe.
As the parents of survivors of bullying will tell you — ours was a very typical experience. School administrators seldom act effectively to stop bullying because they aren’t sufficiently educated about the subject. This blog is an effort to advance the educational effort and hopefully make progress to stop bullying so that kids can actually go to school to learn.
Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment or tell your own story about your encounter with bullying.