OK~ I could not resist blogging about this today. I have now seen the video of the smaller boy bullying a bigger boy. What perplexes me is the fact that this was filmed and the bystanders did just that..stood by! Both of our boys were bullied in Middle School, and we, as their parents, took the steps we felt were necessary. We requested meetings with their teachers to try to address the issues. These meetings helped, but after time, the issues continued. The fact that this Mom was on the Principal's speed dial indicates we had problems.
As in most bullying cases, both students are suspended from school. I will state this- I am proud of the boy that was being bullied for standing up for himself! I had a conversation with my 15 year old a few months ago- I asked him if any of the kids bothered him in High School that bothered him in Middle School. His response to me, "Mom, once you flatten them once, they don't bother you anymore." Interesting comment- straight from a kid that was bullied for several years. Our son was in the same boat as this young man that defended himself, he was suspended from school for three days. Another student made a remark to our son that implied that I (his Mother) wanted to *explicative* the teachers *explicative.* Our son punched the other kid. Just so happened this other kid had been bullying our son for quite some time, and our son had reached his breaking point!
The fact that these types of behaviors are occurring in our schools every single day bothers this Mom. Our society needs to make a change in addressing these behaviors- it is NOT ok to bully! I see adults bullying each other, as well. As usual, it all begins at home. I do not proclaim to be a perfect parent, as I have made several mistakes, and learned from them. It's just too bad that our schools don't have the staff to supervise our students during the school day. Can you imagine what happens when there are no teachers around?
I would love to hear your thoughts on bullying........I hope this bully from the video I keep seeing replayed has learned from this and will make an effort to become a better person. Life goes on....school goes on, and parents will continue to battle this issue! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?