The Bullying Experience

I'm so saddened to hear of school bullying related suicides so often!

Just today I read this article where four kids committed suicide due to bullying in one town!

In the last month I've heard of others, it seems to be weekly.

There is clearly a real problem going on.

Even though I am homeschooling I am very passionate about doing something about this. 

Bullying is one reason that I chose this route for my children. I have been out of public school for fifteen years but I remember clearly the bullying that I experienced starting in the 5th grade.

I also went to one of the more affluent public school districts in my state at the time where kids of divorce were the exception.

I remember how it made me feel...


When I experienced bullying, I felt:
  • Powerless
  • Helpless
  • Two inches tall
  • Completely alone
  • Worthless
  • Unloved
  • Unlovable
  • Abused
  • Ridiculed
  • Broken
  • Humiliated
  • More...
It was a horrible way for me to feel as a child as a 5th and 6th grader. I didn't even have the vocabulary to express the above words that I just used. I just felt them and didn't feel like I could tell anyone about it. I was too humiliated to even admit any of this, and I was the victim.

How many kids today are living the same life at school?

Bullying is abuse by peers. Pure and simple. It is not a rite of passage, it is not a "normal" stage of childhood to endure, it is not there to toughen kids up!! It is abuse! It has nothing to do with socialization at all.

Children should not have to feel that way when they go to school. Children should feel safe, they should be there to learn.

If it was normal, would it drive kids to suicide at alarming rates??? NO!!

Something needs to be done. Sooner than later. Our nation's kids deserve much better.

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5 comments:

Erin_hsm said...

I agree with you 100%. I posted the article in Happy Homeschoolers because I truly feel that with today's acceptable forms of socialization in public schools that one's child will either learn to be bullied or learn to be a bully while attending.

I would really like to see more criminal action taken against teenagers involved in bullying, as well as parents, teachers, principals, and boards of education that turn a blind eye to it. We are talking about the actual lives of children being at stake here! Where is the outrage?

Erin

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nottwins said...

OMG, I could not agree with you more. Bullying made my late elementary and middle school years extremely miserable, and left me overly self-conscious and lacking in confidence for years. There has got to be a way to stop this nonsense!

Melanie said...

I agree! I just felt sick reading that article! What a horrible situation!

QueenB said...

I agree too

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Show Me Mama said...

I definitely agree with you 100%. Happy Halloween!
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