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.