Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bullying (A Mom’s Take On It)

So, of course everyone in Florida is talking about the father who got on the bus and threatened the kids who were bullying his daughter.

This makes me sick to my stomach.

Oh, not what he did. (Though I do believe he could have approached the bus situation a WEE bit differently.)

I know where he was coming from. When your kid gets picked on enough, you sometimes want to flip out…

What makes me sick is that, in this day and age, kids are still being bullied.

And what’s my first instinct? To contact the family (or the family’s lawyer) and see if they’d consider homeschooling the child. (We’d welcome her to our group with open arms.)

That’s not to say that we don’t have bullying in our homeschool group. We sometimes do have situations that need some sort of “intervention.”

It’s just that it’s something that usually gets resolved rather quickly. (I guess that’s what happens when you have so many parents directly involved with their kids’ social time. And other kids’ social time, too!)

Again, we go back to that “It takes a village” school of thought. We’re ALL responsible for keeping these kids safe and happy. There aren’t one or two sets of eyes on 25-30 kids… (On a school bus or in a classroom.) Chances are, when you’re at a homeschool event, there are several pairs of eyes on each kid.

And when things come up, we work hard to resolve them.

Every child deserves peace and security. Every child deserves to be treated like a human being.

So when that father got on that bus in a rage, with his raw emotions showing, my heart went out to him…AND that little girl who didn’t deserve to be bullied.

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