The story about a high school student in Fayetteville, Arkansas who has been bullied to the point other kids beat him up on the school bus and in classrooms makes me sick. This child has endured YEARS of physical and mental abuse. The public school district did nearly nothing to stop it. His parents finally filed a lawsuit. Suddenly, people are taking the situation seriously.
My first thought after seeing the story was where are the parents of these bullies? If a school called me to say that our girls are bullying another child, you better believe we'd take immediate action. There would be serious consequences for their actions. This boy was beaten up by dozens of different students. How is it all these junior high school and high school students have been beating up another student for all these years and none of the bullies' parents have tried to stop it?
My second thought was about his parents. How was it they didn't take stronger action until now? I might have a short fuse, but there is no way I'd let other children bully our girls for three or four years. The first thing I would have done is pull them out of the school district. As soon as that was complete, the lawsuits against the bullies' families and the school district would have started flying.
I realize his parents thought they were doing the right thing by trying to work with the system, but guess what? The system doesn't always work. In the end, your job as a parent is to protect your child at all costs. Allowing other children to beat him up in the classroom, on the bus, or in a park, for years and years is not doing your job. In the interview, his Mom said the school district would not call the police, even though she requested it. I kept wondering why she didn't call the police? You cannot rely on others to take care of your children.
Luckily this story (so far) ends with a lawsuit and not a child with a gun in a classroom. It's a horrible and sad story. It's also strengthens my resolve to be an activist parent who is willing to fight the system when I think it is in the best interests of the girls.