Article: Father Files Restraining Order Against 5-Year-Old Alleged Bully
I was just talking about this article to Milagro Rivera, and I thought I'd make a general post about it and share it with our community.
The title is pretty self-explanatory--this father, tired of his daughter being bullied by a classmate, and after exhausting the options provided to him by following the usual staff chain of command, took it into his own legal hands to protect his daughter. The young bully was making some very scary and dangerous-sounding threats, as quoted in the article--"I want to slit your throat and watch you bleed."
We all know that no five year old is coming up with these things on his own. Comments about this can be pretty critical, but I will not join in that criticism. I know the boy is young, and my goodness, of course he needs help, but that's not the topic. Continued bullying to my child would not be an option, and I too would make an uproar until I felt that my child was safe.
Bullying is rightly a hot-button issue--I can't stand the idea that our children should be afraid of each other. I am thinking that, based on this case, that if you aren't able to counter bullying through the usual channels, using media or the internet to expose the systemic failures may be the only other way to go. If you fear for your child's safety, you're probably not alone in feeling that way.
Do you have bullying stories? How do your school administrations handle it? Please share any stories that you may have.
I gave Erik's ex the heads up. Thankfully, she and I get a long really well. Both of us agree that Erik's way of thinking is NOT right, and that she'll continue to reinforce to their son that letting school authorities address the bullying is the best way to handle this. She has also made a trip to the school to address this.