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Unbelievable Kindergarten Bullies

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It frightens us to no end that bullies are getting younger and younger.

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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?


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9 comments so far | Post a comment now
Stacey- Ann February 24, 2010, 10:44 AM

this is soo very sad…looking at this little girls picture brought tears to my eyes…schools NEED to stop brushing situations like this one off! Obviously there is something terrible going on if she is waking up from nightmares! They better look into this issue because this can cause damage to a child!!

Hoping for the best for you Jazmin!!

Melissa February 24, 2010, 12:26 PM

Poor baby. That is sad. I feel awful for her mother, and angry for her… And yes, if it were me, I would be on the phone with a lawyer, no question.

Melissa February 24, 2010, 12:27 PM

Poor baby. That is sad. I feel awful for her mother, and angry for her… And yes, if it were me, I would be on the phone with a lawyer, no question.

Anonymous February 24, 2010, 2:55 PM

I teach in a violent school. I witness this stuff on a daily basis. I call parents and always send the mean kid to the principal. Our principal doesn’t want the problems because he prefers to be “under the radar” and not make waves so he basically does nothing. There is no accountability with these kids or their parents. I wish, wish, wish, the victims would hire lawyers and call police when the kids and teachers are stuck in these never ending situations. Maybe then something would be done.

Jaclyn Reynolds February 24, 2010, 7:57 PM

Yes, my son was hit, made fun of, teased, lunch hidden from him all by kindergarten bullies. Ironically the 3-4 kids who did the worst of the bullying had moms who were very involved in the classroom and that left me with a teacher that would side with the bullies. It drove me back towards my original goal of homeschooling my children.

Jaclyn Reynolds February 24, 2010, 8:00 PM

Just wanted to add that I’ll be keeping little Jazmin in my prayers and hope something changes for her soon!

Shannon February 24, 2010, 9:34 PM

Poor lil girl! I’ll be praying that her situation improves!!!

Anonymous February 24, 2010, 10:01 PM

Come on schools, do better jobs and dont look the other way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are going to have a lawsuit then you will be the ones crying-Angrymom

cheapviagra5633 August 30, 2010, 10:37 AM

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