Lately there’s been a lot of talk about bullies and the horrific terror that they bring to their victims. Although these “intimidators” have always been around, the focus these days seems to be how the parents aren’t putting up with it anymore. From the “Mad Dad” on the school bus, to the recent commentary from Karen Irwin, I feel it’s imperative to acknowledge and validate how helpless you can feel when you know that your child is being harassed.
What’s sad is that it only takes that one person in that one situation to ruin a perfectly good school year. This is not fair and should not be tolerated.
This is where we as the adults need to put our foot down, and not by yelling or screaming or violence, but by living example. We can teach our children that we might not get along with everyone, and we certainly are not going to like everyone we meet, but we do have to respect each other.
I am fortunate to be employed for the Steilacoom School District, and we work very hard at discouraging bullying-starting from elementary on up. We encourage the children to build peace at home, at school, and in the community every day. Realistically this might not always happen, but it’s worth a start and it’s worth it to start right now.