Taking a stand on bullying

Feb. 7, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:07 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

What's bullying? When a person repeatedly gets called names, threatened, and/or hit by the same person(s) repeatedly, it is bullying.

As a parent of a child who has been bullied in school, I am taking a stand. My son has been repeatedly taunted, threatened and hit on several occasions by the same two children, and nothing is being done to stop them.

I am so tired of school acting like it's no big deal. He is the victim, but yet he is being treated like the bad person. I am told by the principal he needs counseling for anger problems and put on meds to help him not care about being picked on.

What about the school doing its job in stopping the kids who are causing the anger? Sure, it would be an easy fix to drug him up and send him off to school. Just yesterday, he was jumped on the playground by the same boys, drug on the concrete, and hit repeatedly. He asked for them to call me, and he got more punishment because that was considered being out of control. His back was hurting from being kicked in it, and I did not even get a call until five hours later. We are not from here, and you can definitely tell when things go wrong around this school. They protect their own.

I have given them every opportunity to resolve this issue, and they haven't. So now I am taking the stand for my child, and any other child that is being bullied. My child is no saint, but he does not deserve to be bullied. He can't ride the bus home because these boys ride it, he cannot play games out at recess if the boys are playing, he cannot do anything if those boys are involved. So who is really the one being punished? He is. So what do I do now? Wait for him to be another statistic like others? Not a chance.

Amanda Gowetski, Inez



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