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Thread #54172   Message #837389
Posted By: Dave the Gnome
29-Nov-02 - 04:40 PM
Thread Name: BS: bullying advice
Subject: RE: BS: bullying advice
My 2 daughters (twins - now 18) were bullied. Firstly because they were twins. Next because they like goth and rock music. Amy - the eldest by 5 minutes, is now in college and is doing great but still has real serious bad days. Catherine has not attended college and cannot work due to depression.

The teachers were real arseholes. "Tell them not to say they don't like Goth music and get them to wear 'ordinary' clothes" was a classic. I asked what would have happened if they were black or disabled. Would the teacher have asked them to become white or able bodied? The head was next. He was just as bad. the board of governors did respond, but too late.

We took them out of school and put them in a wonderful little, almost private, school at the local childrens hospital. They were fantastic and the girls thrived under their tutelage.

Main thing is, Ireland, don't let it get too far. Don't stand for bullshit from crap teachers. Make it known that you know what is going on. Make sure your young 'un is respected and that the school takes him seriously.

Bullying is wrong, in whatever form, and should not be allowed to thrive in any circumstances.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Dave the Gnome