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Bullying In New Glasgow School

March 6, 2009

winter-08-09-057Tonight this common sense mom is ready to spit bullets. My dear daugther has had a rough year where bullying is concerned.

It started in November with a full scale occurrence that ended with Rachel black and blue and a police report filed as she was beaten up on the way home from school. Roo tells me how she is teased, isolated and pushed etc almost on a daily basis.

When I talk to the principal he says his school really doesnt have a problem with bullying, that he doesn’t even really need a prevention program in place. The man lives in denial.

My daughter Roo in the meantime becomes more depressed and has even said ” she would rather die then go to school”.

Today was the icing on the cake, Roo was being pushed by 3 boys and she fell and hit her mouth on the ice. It took 4 stitches and hours at the emergency room for her to have the damage taken care of.

What would you do?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2009 1:56 am

    Hollie, I am sooo sorry your little girl is having to go though this… I have a great post for you – I just wrote it – and will post it this week…

    In the meantime, you have some options… I’m guessing you can’t readily change schools or you would have done that already? Your other alternative is to find a college-aged student who is interested in making some money. No… this isn’t going where you think, although… anyway, all they have to do is walk Roo to school and pick her up and walk her back home. Then at least she may not be bothered. This would take some work though; you’d want to be sure you have the right person. Or if you can’t pay someone, find a neighbor or someone you trust who’d be willing to help out.

    Your third option is to have her take a cab to school each day.

    Keep all your doctors bill in order… and keep a journal of all the times she’s had a “mishap” including the date, what happened, names of the perps if you have them. If need be, you can take your case up with the school and perhaps get them to provide her an escort.

    I don’t know your work situation, could you drop her off at school yourself?

    You might have to take this up directly with the parents of the kids involved.

    Good luck. This one is not easy. Thanks for your visit. I hope my ideas were useful.


  2. March 28, 2009 11:18 pm

    Hi Hollie,I recommend getting the police involved again, and possibly even consulting the school board for action against the principal. The one incident is enough to hope things will blow over, but twice definitely needs to be dealt with.
    One warning, if you do confront the bullying children, is do it in a public setting, ie, the classroom, and lay their shameful behaviour on thick by embarrassing them in front of their peers. The most dangerous thing for you to do would be to confront them while they walked home. They could turn the story around and say that you assaulted them, etc. Furthermore, I’d demand that the school board pay for a psychologist to talk to your child and see what, if any, other damage has been done that you may not be aware of.

  3. March 29, 2009 1:19 pm

    HI 🙂 Thanks for adding me on Twitter!

    I am so sorry for your pains with your daughter 😦 Oh this is so sad! I was bullied as a girl and teenager all through school and I still dont really know why. But I hear it is NOT uncommon, in fact it happens all the time, sadly enough.

    I also have a teenage boy, although he lives with his father now. When he was small he had this problem, and I had to tell him (coming from my anger) that people are just mean, and there is nothing wrong with him, and it will never change, ppl will always try to treat others that way so he needs to learn to accept/deal and move on.. I know, tough love huh!

    So anyway he told me he was being bulling last year, and he was the one to stand up for himself – not by fighting but by going to the principle etc etc.. he didnt care what they thought, he just knew he didnt deserve it! Fortunately there have zero tolerance there, and the kids got severely reprimanded. He is in high school now, I dont know how it is, but I hope he is learning there are just a lot of mean people in the world and they will always try to pick on those who they perceive to be “weak” for whatever reason…

    The best thing in my opinion is to teach the child their self worth – that they are good, and beautiful and wonderful , but it is a tough world… and to accept they are always gonna be bullies -even as adults! So not to think about them much, but try to overcome it.

    I wish u the best and may God make it easy for you both.

  4. March 29, 2009 1:21 pm

    BTW your daughter is beautiful!

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