Somerville Speakup Line: Bullying in Our Schools

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

When it comes to bullying i dont think the schools address the issue and just push it aside as kids being kids. It is not kids being kids when a child comes home from school afraid or hurt physically or emotionally My grandson was being bullied last year and he was only in preschool. He went from loving school to being afraid. One day he spent his entire recess hiding under the slide because he didn’t the “mean kid” to punch him in the stomach again. My heart broke when he told us this. Where was the supervision? Why didnt they notice that he spent his entire recess hiding? Everyday he came home with something that had been done to him, and when my daughter went to the school to address it on several occasions, she was pretty much told he was lying. Even though she was called by the nurse a few times because of incidences when he was hurt by the bully Every day it broke my daughters heart to sent her son to school, fearing her son would bullied and no one was addressing the issue? Where is their bullying policy? It’s not fair that a kid has to go to school and be afraid, and a parent has to worry everyday about their child going to school. More has to be done with this issue to provide a safe and fun learning environment for kids.

Sarah

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