Earlier this week a twelve-year-old British boy was found hanged at his home. It has since been alleged the victim was autistic and was being bullied at school by a group of girls. It’s a shame that a few people’s entertainment could lead to the tragic end of such a young life.
After reading the article I thought about my days at school. I remembered a bully in my primary school and I will not name her just in case she comes after me! Perhaps she has grown into a decent adult who respects others now. I can’t remember feeling suicidal but I was petrified. Being twelve and afraid to go out at playtime was no fun. I wish now that I had told somebody in authority.
The anti bullying campaign is a highly publicised initiative and the kids are educated about types of bullying and what action to take if they are being bullied. With all of this emphasis and attention on bullying I’m led to believe that this problem may have escalated over the last two decades. As far as my school going children go I remind them regularly about respecting their peers even if they are different in some ways. Being different is totally okay.
While at a playgroup with my daughters it became quite clear that some children have no playground etiquette. I’m certain that there is not one parent who likes their child to be bullied. The only smiling parent seems to be the one whose child is making everybody else’s child miserable.
So you find yourself in a position where you have to break the news very gently to a dad or mom that their child is the sandpit bully. Fortunately many respond positively and call their offspring to order. However there is that really small percentage who make up a dozen excuses as to why their brat is behaving in this fashion.
Kids will be kids but adults should always be there to guide them towards acceptable behaviour.
SAY NO TO BULLYING.