BULLYING - a TRUE STORY FROM THE MOTHER'S POINT-OF-VIEW
Bullying is not a laughing matter. Many teenagers take their own lives yearly because of bullying. If bullying does not stop with the teacher, then the matter should be taken to the principal. If necessary, the problem should be taken to the superintendent or school board.
BULLYING - A TRUE STORY FROM THE MOTHER'S POINT-OF-VIEW
Several girls surrounded Jeannie's daughter as they called out, "You're a little cry baby! Don't you know you are stupid! Don't even think about hanging out with us. You're too ugly for us."
Hearing these words made Jeannie angry as she watched her daughter, Faith, run to the car. Tears freely flowing down her cheeks, she urged, "Hurry, Mom, let's get out of here. I can't take it anymore!"
The National School Safety Center calls bullying, "the most enduring and underrated problem in American schools." Discussing bullying is important because it may have a lifetime effect on victims.
As a young person I have seen the effects of victims including this story of Jeannie and Faith.
The look in Faith's eyes revealed the pain and hurt she was suffering. What had Faith done to be mistreated? Why were these kids calling her names? Jeannie could clearly remember being teased at school, but never like this. Anger began to build as the mother thought about what these students were doing to her daughter. Bullying is not a laughing matter!
Bullying is not a laughing matter, definition, and the steps that were taken to prevent bullying.
Bullying hurt Faith and angered Jeannie. Both parents and children can be hurt emotionally from bullying.
The steps that Jeannie took at Faith's school to stop bullying.
Faith's suicide attempt.
Counseling was needed to heal the emotional wounds of Jeannie and Faith.
Faith had to be placed in another school to recover from the verbal bullying. This school practiced a zero tolerance policy for bullying. The school superintendent met with Faith and Jeannie. He stated, "No one deserves to be bullied. Every child has a right to be safe at school. Faith, if someone bullies you, tell the teacher. If that doesn't work, tell the principal. If you find it necessary to come see me, I guarantee the problem will end." Faith is now an A+ student and she is working at Sonic. Both Jeannie and Faith believe that bullying should be stopped and is a national problem in the United States. A problem that parents often overlook until it grows into a serious one.
Don't let the death of your child be the wakening call of how serious bullying is. Approximately two children will kill themselves each year due to bullying. Don't let it be your child!
Bullying is not a laughing matter. Listen to your child when he/she talks about bullying at his/her school. Do something about it and prevent a child from committing suicide.
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BULLYING -- A TRUE STORY FROM THE MOTHER'S Point-of-View
Several girls surrounded my daughter as they called out, "You're a little cry baby! Don't you know you're stupid? Don't even think about hanging out with us. You're too ugly for us."
Hearing these words made me angry as I watched my daughter run to the car. Tears freely flowing down her cheeks, she urged, "Hurry, Mom, let's get out of here. I can't take it any more!"
The look in Faith's eyes revealed the pain and hurt she was suffering. Why? I asked myself. What had my daughter done to be called names? I can remember the taunts and teases of my childhood, but it is different when your child becomes the victim. It hurt me to see her bullied. And it made me angry. I wanted to stop the taunting immediately.
On the way home from school, I discussed Faith's problem with her. We discussed how important her reactions were. If she cried, whined, or ran away, it would only give more fuel for the fire. I said, "If you give them the satisfaction of seeing you upset, many of them will think it is fun to get you angry. Don't give them that satisfaction. Walk away if you have to."
We practiced some role-playing where I was the bully and she the victim. I mentioned the importance of humor in facing the situation. If she could think up funny or clever replies in advance, it could help…