Recently, I wrote a post about my son being bullied at school. I was saddened by the number of people who responded through email or comments with similar experiences. This shouldn’t happen.
Like my son…
Their child told the adults and it didn’t seem to help.
Their child didn’t want to go to school and wonder…when would it happen next? Where would it happen? Who would stand by and watch?
Their child felt like it wouldn’t stop.
Some people reached out to me because they are worried about bullying. Today, their child is too young, but my description of my son’s quirks resonated with them and they fear for their own child.
As I shared last week, I did not wait for the situation to fix itself. I jumped into Mama Bear mode and contacted my son’s school, asking for help and action.
I was pleased with the immediate response that was taken to help my son. The principal alerted the educational assistants that supervise recess and updated my son’s teacher about the incidents. The school counselor spoke with the taunter and shared the seriousness of the situation. In addition, she reassured my son that bullying was not tolerated. She complimented him for reporting it and assured him that if it continued, more action would be taken.
For now, this bully has backed away. He has taken his third grade posse, that stood by and watched, and they have moved on to do other things at recess.
On Friday, when my son returned home, he had a bit more bounce in his step. It was good to see him walk taller and have less weighing on his shoulders.
I don’t know if this is over, but I do know that my son feels heard.
When do you go into Mama Bear mode?