There has always been bullying in our society, ever since social hierarchy was introduced. You will very likely have been victim to it at some stage during your life. Bullying is now seen as a much more serious issue than it once was.
A mother in North Carolina had enough when her son was directly assaulted by a class mate and the school officials didn’t do much, so she decided to protect her child herself.
Recently, Jennifer Strickland-Stacy received a phone call from her step son’s school asking her to pick him up. They told her he had fallen and wanted him to go home for the day. She grabbed her keys and headed to the boy’s school.
When she arrived she found him in the administrative office covered in blood, scratches and bruises. Clearly this was no simple accident. Suddenly she realized that the version of the incident she was told by the school did not jibe with the reality of her son, Skyler’s injuries.
She says, “It was just gory. His face was bloody. I found out my son didn’t fall, my son was shoved by the boy who had been bullying him. The boy shoved him face first into the pavement.”
And this was not the first run-in with the same boy. This is the fifth time Skylar has been harassed by the same bully, yet the school has done little or nothing to protect him.
“The first incident was when he poured water on my son. The second incident, he took my son’s cell phone. The third incident, he spit in his face and shoved him. The fourth incident is when he repeatedly smacked my son in his face.”
So far, the only punishment the boy has received was a three day ban from riding on the same bus as Skyler.
After this most recent assault, Jennifer took her 13-year-old stepson to get checked by a doctor and found out that when Skyler hit the ground, he was left with not only bruises and scrapes, but a fractured eyebrow bone.
She has tired of the school seeming to brush her concerns aside with a pat “we’ll handle it.” She has contacted the local police about the situation, taken to driving Skyler to school everyday to avoid bus rides with the bully, and is even considering pulling him out of the public system to homeschool her child.
What are your thoughts on this?