International Stand Up to Bullying Day #PinkShirtDay
For over 2 years, my son was bullied. He was called bad names and excluded from games and parties. He was even threatened to be killed. At first, we thought it was just teasing. The teasing was continuous. My son felt isolated. It was heartbreaking.
What is bullying then? Where is the line between Bullying and harmless behavior?
Bullying behavior may include name calling, verbal or written abuse, exclusion from activities, exclusion from social situations, physical abuse, or coercion. Bullies may behave this way to be perceived as popular or tough or to get attention. They may bully out of jealousy or be acting out because they themselves are bullied. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullying#Definitions
My son was facing bullying, not teasing. We took several actions with the school staff. Things took 2 years to smooth a bit. He is still bullied but less than before.
Other bullying stories
My son is not the only child bullied. I am sharing with you some bullying stories that are heartbreaking. For safety reasons, I will keep the sources and names anonymous
· My kids have high functioning autism. They are bullied.
· My son told me that a kid tried to strangle him when he was in the 7th and 8th grade.
· I was bullied in school, just terrible.
· My son had a bullying experience at school, actually at the bus stop. He was cornered by a group of siblings.
Stand up to Bullying
We can help our bullied children and stand up to bullying by taking some actions:
· Discuss with your child, love him, and understand him. As a parent, you are a key player in this unfortunate situation.
· Meet with the school staff and try to set up a plan to tackle the situation.
· Go to the school meetings, fund raisers: Let other children know that your child has a parent who cherishes him, who will do everything to protect him. Bullying stopped when my husband met the bully in the principal office. I called it: Bullying: The Dad’s effect.
Today: March 30th is the International Stand Up to Bullying Day. You can show your support by wearing a pink shirt, discussing bullying within your community, tweeting!