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My daugher is in 1st grade and luckily there does not seem to be any bullying going on in her class (at least not yet). Most of the girls are in Girl Scouts together (and I am the troop leader) where we learn about treating each other fairly and being honest and fair - and I have no problem reminding them of the Girl Scout laws even outside of Girl Scouts :)
The other day my daughter checked out a movie from Blockbuster that was about bullies. It was An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. I watched it with her and it was a really good story about a girl who gets bullied at a new school. I watched it with her and she didn't understand why the other girls were being mean to Chrissa. A few days later she said something about being glad that nobody is a bully to her. I said that I also hoped she wasn't a bully to anyone and she said something like "I would never do that Mommy!" Just seemed to be a good realistic resource for girls.
Teachers should be in control. Hopefully either teacher has changed or someone has reported that problem. No excuse for that. Bullying is very serious and it is the teacher's utmost responsibility to deal with it.
Stay on top of it Kathy. You are right. We have to stand up for our kids.
We dealt with this last year at my sons school. It was an awful year and the teacher had no control over the class. If I had to do it over, I would have gone to the board of Ed. and asked him to be moved to another class.
One of the same kids is in his class this year and has been staying on top of things with this kid to make sure it doesn't happen again this year.
The teacher and principal can make all the difference in the world. Make sure you stand up for your child.
Kathy in Athens, Ga.
Unfortunately, I already have seen this.
We were at local community center last year. Two girls were playing and they let my son play "tag" with them. I heard them say they wanted to play tag. So they started to play. Then the girls did not want to play. except they did not tell my son that....while he was being silly they turned to him and said "we don't like you, we don't want to play with you"....very rudely too. Clay came up to and was crying ...so who knows what else they said...I am sure more...
Another mom was there and I was talking to Clay and she came up to and said that these same girls did the same thing to her son. So, we went up the girls' moms and said something.
One mom got up and went to her daughter and I heard her say "is this the same problem we had last night with another friend?" and the other mom just ignored us.
I talked to Clay about it...he kept asking me what he did wrong....and I told him that he did nothing wrong. Some kids will just pick on other kids no matter what.
We read Mitch and Amy by Beverly Cleary and it talked about a bully.
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Bullying is HUGE with our kids. It is very real and we need educate ourselves about it.
Edited by: CORINNEMOMMY at: 11/8/2011 (10:38)