As long as there has been a social hierarchy, there has been bullying. If we are honest with ourselves, at some point in our youth we have all probably been both victim and perpetrator.
But we are moving in a direction as a society that is coming to see bullying as a serious issue, not just a schoolyard rite of passage.
One North Carolina mother has had enough of the direct assault on her son by a classmate, and the incompetent manner in which school officials have handled it. You should hear what she is doing to protect her child.
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.”