It frightens us to no end that bullies are getting younger and younger.
Five-year-old Jazmin Lovings wakes up screaming each night because she's tormented by her fellow kindergarten classmates each day at a Crown Heights, Brooklyn, public school.
In the New York Daily News, mom Yvonne Lovings and grandma Rebecca Lovings detail some harrowing tales of the abuse suffered by adorable Jazmin.
"This is too much for her," says Jazmin's grandma. "She's waking up screaming in the middle of the night, saying someone's hitting her."
Jazmin's mom says it all began last October, when her little girl's earrings were stolen. Then three little boys in Jazmin's class kicked her -- repeatedly. After each incident, Lovings says, she called the police and met with the principal.
The little girl has since suffered bathroom beatings and slugs to the face. And when diabetic Jazmin's lunch was knocked to the floor one day, her blood sugar became dangerously low because she hadn't eaten enough. Just recently, Jazmin told her mother that another kid had cut her braids off.
"When I saw that bald spot in the back of her head, I was about to cry," says Yvonne. "I'm scared to have her go to school."
When questioned by the Daily News, the school's principal completely denied any problem, and refused to believe that Jazmin's hair had been cut on her watch.
"'I know that Jazmin isn't mistreated in the classroom,'" Jazmin's mom says she was told. "'We have all the other kindergartners in the school, and they're fine.'" She says they even asked her if Jazmin's hair loss was due to lack of sleep.
"There is a light spot, but there is not a cutting spot," the principal reportedly said, adding that Jazmin's mom was being paranoid. About Jazmin's missing lunch, she reportedly said, "[The mom] feels that a teacher should see every little thing and she should have called to tell her the carrots had fallen on the floor."
Ironically, this is the very school Yvonne herself attended -- the highest-performing in the neighborhood. And on top of it all, poor Jazmin has a speech delay and trouble communicating. She'd never been in a classroom before this October.
"She doesn't talk, and because she has a problem ... they can just pick on her," says her mom. Apparently the New York City Department of Education is investigating the situation.
"I'm about ready to have a stroke," says Jazmin's grandma. 'She's too small for all of this."
Hey, we'd TOTALLY be having a stroke. (Wouldn't you?) And it sounds like the principal should be doing a lot more than just brushing off these allegations: The school is one serious incident away from a serious lawsuit.
Have you ever heard of such vicious bullying in kindergarten?