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Sick to Death of Kids Being Bullied to Death

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Michelle Kemper Brownlow: When my son entered fifth grade, something changed the life of my super-happy kid.

Phoebe Prince and Carl Walker Hoover

It started with verbal insults, but quickly ended with, "I will bring a gun tomorrow and shoot you." I say "ended," because all it took was a stern conversation with a principal -- wherein I mentioned the school's policy on "terroristic threats" -- and that bully was out on his ear ... suspended. (Note: The principal had initially been ready to just blow it off.) My son is no longer bothered by this kid -- or any others, for that matter.

Luckily, I have a child who reiterates every second of his day when he comes home from school. Sadly, not every child is as verbal.

Statistics show that 77 percent of children are bullied mentally, physically and/or verbally. In his book "Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do," Dan Olweus, creator of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, outlines the following three components of bullying

1) Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
2) Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
3) Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.

Annie Fox, the award-winning author, teen advocate and brain behind the parent-teacher-teen link AnnieFox.com, has just launched the anti-bullying campaign "Cruel's Not Cool!" "No one solution to bullying fits all," reads the campaign's Facebook page. "Stakeholders coming together can reverse the Culture of Cruelty."

Massachusetts residents Phoebe Prince, 15, and Carl Walker-Hoover, 11, recently lost their lives to "bullycide," prompting the passage an anti-bullying law. BullyPolice.org reports that there are only six states that do not currently have anti-bullying laws in place: Hawaii, South Dakota, Michigan, New York, Montana, North Dakota and Missouri.

Let's hope they get with the program soon. Our kids' lives depend on it!


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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous May 16, 2010, 7:27 AM

Wow, we need more parents like you. I teach and deal with constant bullying. I also have a principal who hates suspending because it reflects on him. It’s hard to reason with him but whenever a parent threatens, he finally takes action. I say it’s time more parents realize that they have more power in the school system then they know and they can help the teachers with the discipline/bullying problems by being their advocate when teachers’ hands are tied.

Peaceful Solution May 16, 2010, 10:47 AM

Here is a program that will give the Principal a solid plan to stop bullying that you can help them put into action! www.peacefulsolution.org

Alex May 16, 2010, 11:33 AM

We all have to get out of the denial mode, take responsibility and get proactive.

Our children are entitled to an education in a safe environment - without fear.

“Learning is Impaired when Children are Scared”

Check out:
www.championsagainstbullying.com

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Moopy May 17, 2010, 10:35 AM

Hawaii NEEDS an Anti-Bullying Policy. Bullying is a huge issue there…often perpetuated by abuse in the home, a poor educational system and poverty… Hawaii is no “paradise” for, creative, intelligent, caring kids, I assure you, they are verbally abused and picked on in school quite frequently. Many leave and never return.

Lynn May 17, 2010, 11:16 AM

There is now a software called WebSafety, that will alert parents by text and email whenever cyberbullying, sexting, suicide, drug, gun, etc dialog is taking place on their childs cell phone or computer. It will tell you exactly what was said and who or where it came from. It will also notify parents if someone is trying to meet with their child. I use this on my childrens computers because of bullying incidents that have happened with my oldest child. Like Michelle said above, not all children are verbal. This will allow parents to know what is going on. Most times kids are embarrassed or ashamed to tell their parents anything is happening. To find out more go to http://www.mywebsafety.com/cybersafety4all


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