Recently one of my grandsons was bullied in school. It was not a one time event. The bully had been bullying him from the start of school. My grandson had an open dialog at home about it and seemed to be working through his personal issues of being treated poorly. He was enjoying going to public school instead of homeschooling and wanted to continue.
The bully then knocked him to the floor and was beating on him in class. The teacher had to pull the bully off of him and sent them to the office. Somehow the bully took one of my grandsons notebooks with violent drawings and actually taunted him that now he would be in more trouble than the bully.
My grandson has been expelled until 7th grade or he completes an in patient therapy program. My daughter walked through all the steps ordered by the principal. Mental Health professionals told her that he did not do anything that warrants in patient treatment.
While walking through all of this and having other parents and counselors reach out to her begging her to fight because they had all been bullied out of the school as well she had to put this fight on hold to deal with another flaming arrow Satan had pointed at their family. I wanted to pick up this fight and run but have learned that is not as helpful to my children as it feels like it is to me.
This school has now expelled another student for the pictures he made and we realize that we have to keep fighting. We have to bring change to this school district. My daughter has returned to homeschooling with an amazing program that they will continue and not put my grandsons back into this school- but we can’t let others be bullied out!
As we’ve begun sending letters out to the school board and now have sent letters to the State Board of Education concerning the poor bullying training in this district a local newspaper wrote a story and included a portion of what my daughter wrote: “You got it wrong today. You got it wrong when overnight a suspension turned into expelling a student – a student who was pantsed, shoved into a wall, and shoved over/into his desk. You sent home the victim – the kid being picked on.”
Thankfully the community has stepped forward. Enough of them read this story and want to help create the change! They are setting up meetings and discussing programs, fundraising and such! It is such a relief! In this violent angry world we live in- we must address bullying from all angles! Yes these pictures are possible warning signs- but why are the kids drawing these pictures? They are being bullied- if we don’t help the bullies have empathy for other, help the bystanders find their voice and strengthen the victims we are not going to stop horrible violent acts from manifesting!
Be the change you want to see in the world! Recognize wrongs and stand for the silent! Do not allow injustice to prevail!
My daughters blog is: https://perceptionsby1.com/