I love this story about the family who stood up to bullies and helped make their child become a stronger person as a result.
It saddens me that the school would not act on behalf of the young lady while she was legally in their care. It’s difficult to watch the dad being deduced to going on the school bus and confronting the bullies. This story is a good example of how bullies impact entire families.
The whole riding the bus to and from school thing is something my family avoids; too much can happen on the school bus. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that if a child is a bully on the school bus, chances are they are also a bully in the school.
It’s imperative that parents talk to their children about what is going on in their schools and in their classrooms. If your child is telling you that a teacher is constantly reprimanding one or two children; if they are telling you another student called the teacher a name and the teacher did nothing; if they are telling you that nobody does what the teacher says; if they are telling you the teacher keeps giving out warnings and they are not learning anything, contact the school. In my opinion, such a classroom is not safe - this is the type of classroom that bullies can thrive in. More than likely the bully controlling that classroom is also an agitator/ instigator/bully in the cafeteria, on the playground and on the school bus.
Every time your child tells you that a classroom is out of control, call the school and/or send an e-mail. Stand firm and be persistent... and by the way, don't think you can do it without the situation becoming adversarial - you'll only be fooling yourself.
It's slow going, but schools are just now getting to the point where they take bullying seriously and are instituting anti-bullying policies. But they can’t stop there; schools must also enforce that policy and offer students the necessary interventions.
Come on parents; let the schools know that you hold them accountable for the safety of your student. Make it clear to them that we need for our schools to be safe and have a climate that is conducive to learning.
Related articles: Psychology Today, Encourage Your Child to Talk About Bullying; and Bullying law puts New Jersey schools on spot