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Mom claims 6-year-old son choked, kicked in the abdomen at school

By Samuel Sukhnandan, Staff Journalist

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Bullying is “rampant” in school, according to one heart-broken mother of a 6-year-old boy who has been suffering extreme harassment over the past year.

The mother, who has chosen to remain anonymous, to protect the identity of her son, explained that her son’s troubles first began when he started grade one, and since then things have deteriorated dramatically.

It started with his other classmates stealing his stuff, and the mother said things quickly became physical, with a series of incidents which included her son being dragged on the floor by one classmate.

The most recent incident involved him being grabbed by the neck, choked and kicked in the abdomen.

“I thought him leaving one class and getting into a new class it might have stopped, as he is now in grade two. But now the same kids always beating and stealing from him,” she remarked.

The mother said ever since the last incident, her son has been continuously crying out for belly pain, and is vomiting. The child is now fearful of returning to school.

“Getting tired of this now. I don’t know what else to do. From what I understand, some parents even can’t control their kids, but mine is now suffering,” she added.

The woman was advised by the principal not to take her story to the press and was promised that the issue will be looked into.

This publication made contact with the school’s administration but person declined to comment.

The Ministry of Education said they will investigate the matter but could not comment.

Although, some parents think this type of school bullying is normal, it could be the first sign of long term bullying.

If aggressive behaviour in children is not identified and eliminated, their negative behaviour can continue through adulthood. Bullying is very serious. And experts have said even in elementary school, bullying is a major problem.

Primary school students are not new to bullies or bullying, according to many social workers and educators. It’s just that bullying at this age, has been overlooked. In fact, children can be very cruel to each other.

Children are often targeted, by their bullies for various reasons. The bully look for anything they feel is imperfect about their target, and they begin their long history of bullying.

Persons who have studied bullying in schools have said that children can begin bullying in elementary school, or at an earlier age, and some (unknowingly) with the approval of their parents.

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33 comments

  1. If was my child all by now I would of been in jail

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  2. Anonymous
    November 18, 2016 at 6:12 PM
    The child that did this must NOW be placed under doctor-administered very strong anti-aggression medication, with very sedating and calming medication IMMEDIATELY. This abnormal little MONSTER and gail bait, is a god damn menace!
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    GREAT IDEAS!.

    This spawn of the devil and gallows bait MUST NOT not be allowed to continue to terrorize human beings! Amen.

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  3. Please use lubricant

    If that level of bullying is happening at the school , God only what other kind of abuses take place there . The approach to every determines what reaction is given . If you go and talk normally to principal , he or she may ask you to keep quiet and they will deal with it quietly . However if that same principal is running scared for there life for a couple of nights , I gaurantee not even the wind will ever touch your child a that school again . She may even sit right next to the ensure nothing happens to your child . May be extreme but it guarantees results..........

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  4. BULLYING NEEDS TO STOP TOO MANY TIMES U HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE BEING BULLYED SNAP AND INNOCENT GETS HURT ALONG WITH THE BULLYS IF DAT SHIT IS NOT NIPPED IN THE BUD IT MIGHT BECOME LIKE OVERSEAS SAD TO SAY WE DONT WANT DAT IN LUCIA THE LAST TING WE NEED IS A BUNCH OF RELATIVES COMING WITH DEH CUTLUS AND SHIT AND PAH COOTLAH 4 DEM BULLYS OR WORSE LICK SHOT TEACHERS AND PARENTS NEED TO DISCIPLINE DEM BULLYS BECAUSE IT IS NOT A GOOD PRACTICE TRUST ME READ UP ON CERTAIN BULLYS IN THE WORLD SOME NEVER LIVED TO REPENT PLEASEEEEE STOP THE BULLYING CUZ PRETTY SOON RELATIVES FRIENDS WILL JUST WAIT 4 YALL OUT DA SCHOOL GATE OR COME AND GET YALL IN DA CLASS SURROUND DA SCHOOL SO U HAVE NO EXIT

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  5. You also need to teach your son to stand up for himself. I was a small but no nonsense kid and when I entered primary school a huge guy from standard 5 made my life a living hell on day one.

    On day two a nice swing of an old piece of furniture to the head sent him to the hospital for 4 stitches. I got counseling from the school and my parent for 2 days...that guy is one of my best buddies now and even looks up to me.
    You need to teach ur kid to stand up for himself.

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    • Standing up for oneself should be the cultural norm. Children should be given strategies to deal with conflicts which do not result into violence. Everyone has to be singing from the same page. Clearly this is not happening in this school or society at large. There is always room for development.

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  6. Just do what we did in the old days. Sumone messes with ur lil brother, you go to the school and buss his rass. It guarantee it will never happen again.

    All the education and systems wont stop every case of bullying. In this case if the school wont expel them set up a nice ambush an teach that lil piece of sht a lesson.

    Ill get downvoted to hell but sometime u need an extra firm stance to let people know where u draw the line.

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  7. What the hell ? THIS is nonsense ! FROM SINCE GRADE ONE ? Mother ? Can't u see that your child needs to be placed else where ? Smh Lord alone knows why I don't have kids !because my nephew himself knows aunty Cray Cray ! If mother cannot control her child ... Somebody will get hurt ! N then people will wait till the person child is dead to raise awareness for 2 days ? Smh

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  8. It's rather strange to Hera that the Principal is saying, not to take it to the press. That principal should be fired. Her job as a principal is to ensure safety for all her students including her staff. Lady my advice to you (1) take your child to a Doctor for examination re the abdominal pain. (2) have the school refund you your money because you're paying insurance fees (3) report the incident to the Ministry of Education (4) get a or demand a transfer.

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  9. Only what I can say is boy oh boy ... Father you alone knows .... Cause the bully would turn to butter ... Father thanks its not my son .... Hospital... Cemetry ... Or jail the choice is your ... Cause I will go postal on his little ass ... Keep calm and count to ten ... Bs pure bs

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  10. The fact that her child is now constantantly complaining of stomach pain and vomitting since he was kicked in the abdomen has me worried about his physical health. She should take him to get get checked out by a pediatrician to be on the safe side as soon as possible. The appropriate department responsible for child welfare and safety should investigate the school regarding why this problem has been going on for so long, and what have the school done to prevent it, and ensure a safe environment for her son. School is somewhere we go to learn, not a place we should fear due to bullies and feeling unsafe. Her son will need conseling, and she might want to cosider changing schools if possible for the well-being of her son, and for her own piece of mind.

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  11. When I see aggressive behaviour in children presented in a vacuum it bothers me.

    A society that encourages aggression amounts adults as a solution makes aggression the norm for the upcoming generation to emulate. Violence has become common place in community life and the playground is simply reflecting this!

    Challenge it. Do not accept violence which seems to happen at whim. For example, cutlass wielding to resolve disputes in the market place and on the street - ‘chopping’, ‘slashing’ exposes children to appalling conduct. Parents who solve their children complaints of being bullied by hitting them mercilessly and advising them to pass it on to the bullies are behaving irresponsibly. Teachers who ignore children’s distress when they complain to them are culpable in perpetuating vicious behaviours.

    Every child deserves a safe environment to grow and learn that includes the home and school. It starts with adults behaving like adults, modelling effective ways of resolving issues so that children can emulate. Every school should have rules on behavioural conduct displayed in all classrooms even playgrounds for all children to see. Also, parents must be given the school rules and agree to abide by them.

    How many adults can resolve their difference without lawyers in tow? What is the purpose of education when individuals cannot conduct themselves without recourse to legal intervention on the slightest of things?

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  12. Take your child to karate class ASAP. He will learn self defense and will soon surprise a bully.

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    • Nah the parents of those bullies need to be spoken to sharply by the boys parents.Because the parents need to get a grip of their bullies or risk getting bullied themselves by me aswell...That's what I'd do...simple..

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  13. A few things need to be done:
    a)An extensive investigation by social services into the home life of the bullies to determine why they are partaking in such bad behaviour,
    b)Counselling for all children involved in the situation and
    c)Expulsion of the bullies from the school.

    This mother should not have to take her child out of school for the bad actions of other children.

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  14. A few things need to be done:
    a)An extensive investigation by social services into the home life of the bullies to determine why they are partaking in such bad behaviour,
    b)Counselling for all children involved in the situation and
    c)Expulsion of the bullies from the school.

    This mother should not have to take her child out of school for the bad actions of other children.

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    • Expulsion in my opinion is an achievement for the career bully so I'd suggest tackling the bullies head on by reminding them of who is in charge ...

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  15. The child that did this must now be placed under doctor-administered very strong anti-aggression with very sedating and calming medication IMMEDIATELY. This abnormal little monster and gail bait, is a god damn menace!

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    • This story not making sense. And seriously high anti-aggression with very sedating and calming medication immediately. Your'll men does burst you'll butts and have u every suggested that for them as grow men but a six year old. The kids was playing mostly likely and that happen but you will suggest all that. Come on the next time you hear a man bursting his woman butt or even your I advise you to give your suggestion. But under this story oooh please. And I am pretty sure the kid hit the child first. Tell the mother give the full story and truth. Medication for a six year old for aggression smh. St. Lucian society

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  16. I would take both the principal and the ministry for failing to protect my kid in school. it is their duty to protect children from these abuses.

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  17. it should of been my child

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  18. take the parents to court also

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  19. Lady, get your child into another school please. This one is obviously not working out. Your child's safety and peace of mind is PRIORITY.

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    • well whilst I understand your concern. I as a Parent would not take my child out. he would be respected though. because when I was done with the bully or bullies they would see my child and treat him as if he was a god. nonsense. and the parent is saying this has been happening from first grade. I can tell you for all hell would be loose in that bullys backside. These are the kind of society that we live in where from young they start and soon you hearing the words #he was a good boy#.

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  20. I remember there being bullying in that grade during my school days but not to the extent of a kick to the abdomen. If that happened to me my mom would of probably choke the bully herself.

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  21. Shar no principal would advice a parent to take a matter to the media especially if it has to do with bullying. Why? because they would want others to think that it's all rainbows n sunshine's at their school. but honestly if it was my little brother that was being bullied best believe i would have taken them to court cause this is unacceptable their kids are preventing another youngster from learning. and they can't control it. Why? because they never showed their kids it was wrong to hit someone from the beginning. you will see parents telling their babies to bit others for no apparent reason and these kids are gonna grow with the mentality that they can just hit others when ever they feel like. they better put a stop to their children's bad behavior cause in the long run these little bullies can turn to big hardback motherf*ckers sitting behind bars on remand! no one would want to see their child in jail or in a hospital and at the end of the day these kids are gonna blame their parents for not teaching them right from wrong.

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  22. Take the child out of the school if possible. the child's life seems to be in danger. why would you continue to let the child remain in a situation like that? What do you tell him each day that you send him off to school? "Dont worry"? "Suck it up?" "it wont happen today"? thats no comfort to this child as he is continuously bullied and he will feel as if no one has his back or is seeking his best interests. very sad story and unfortunately many similar ones exist.

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  23. What I dont understand in this alleged bullying story the principal of the said school is telling the mother other that dont go to the press, what's the reason why a principal would go to such length to prevent such sad story not to be told. Something is not not right.

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    • this is a lie!! The principal was NEVER INFORMED. Also, the description of what happened is a lie. Additionally, the child has found himself is much trouble such as lying...hitting the other boys..etc in his previous classes. MOM speak the truth

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    • I agree with you shar.....sometimes I feel that because of the lack of transparency by some of these principals, causes the problems faced by students to magnify. Those guilty of such acts should be investigated and held accountable.

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    • Get real. Any principal worthy of his/her salary would ask the parent for a chance to solve the problem without the full glare of the media. There are more likely to be constructive solutions for all concerned. What is likely to happen in future, is cover up and denial, then children (bullies and victims) will really be hurt and damaged. The nature of all institutions is to protect themselves first and foremost at the expense of the individual. The media can highlight the issue but not solve it. Parents can strengthen their hands by working in partnership with each other and with the school

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