Friday, October 14, 2016

BULLYING!!!!

My heart is aching.


 (Hours after a hectic arrival)

Kind, sweet Braeden is being punched at school.  The first time the teacher didn't see exactly what happened ... Braeden said he was playing with a toy and the other boy said he had it first (neither the teacher nor the Gramma believe that).  The next day the Bully told Braeden he had a "baby spoon" to eat his yogurt (a foldable spoon that looks like a truck).  Braeden said he thought it was a cool spoon cause his Mom bought it for him .... and the kid smacks him in the face again!

The teacher sent the bully to the office and walked Braeden out to his Mom when she picked him up.  She explained what happened and Kate said Braeden never mentioned the punch the day before!  She included Kate in an email to the Principal requesting meeting with the boy and his family, the teacher and the Principal.  Once more and the boy will be moved to a different class.


(lost his first tooth!)

Kate is beyond shocked.  Braeden gets along with everyone!  Last year in preschool the little boy next to him would reach over and snitch part of his lunch.  After the third time, he talked to me about it.  I asked him how he handled it.  He said "nothing ... I think maybe he was just hungry".  But the breaking point was parting with his strawberries.  I suggested that he gently put his hand on the boy's hand and say your Mom packed his lunch special and maybe you could ask HIS Mom to put strawberries in his lunch.  Kate also mentioned it to the teacher who reinforced the hands to yourself policy.


(During their visit to Maui in August)

I'm beyond sad that my little man has to learn the wicked ways of the world.  Especially so young.  And we have to help him talk to us so that we know what is happening, good or not so good.




6 comments:

  1. Okay! This just tears my heart out!!! He is such a nice boy and he doesn't understand meanness from other kids, because he would never think of doing that. Innocent. Naive. Precious. We sure don't want him to become cynical of the world at such a young age and yet teach him how to stand up for himself. How do you do that?

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    1. Me too. We learn as we go. I'm just thankful he is not the bully! Wouldn't that be worse?

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  2. Bullying is such a pervasive thing in society. At least now schools are trying to take steps to stop or control it. If that's him in the top picture, he was sure a tiny baby!

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    1. Almost 8 lbs ... but newborns always look small next to a normal size Poppa! I'm hoping both boys AND their families get together for a meeting.

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  3. I was planning to write about bullying, too - an incident with my granddaughter. Sweet, lovable Braeden. The photos are adorable. If we could only protect them from these awful things that pick at their innocent spirits.

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    1. Little people deserve to have a childhood! Without all the nasty stuff that seems so prevalent in high school. I don't think the schools are doing very much. But that's a whole other blog!

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