Parents of bullied children speak out.Bullying is terrible. Being a parent of a bullied child is heartbreaking. What do you tell your child? How do you cope with your own feelings of hopelessness when they return from school in tears? How do you react when you know that something's happened to them while at school, but they are to angry or ashamed or embarrassed to tell you? How do you keep your child from resenting you? These are not easy questions. I was a bullied child, once upon a time. It was terrible; I could tell you plenty of horror stories. I could tell you all about the school administration which refused to lift a finger despite years of passionate protest. It's distressing––and also humbling––to learn that you will need to be your own advocate from such an early age. Where was my mother during all of this? Well, she tried. She fought for me––we even had a few pleasant victories over the years. But there's only so much a single parent can do without threatening their livelihood. There are no easy decisions. These parents speak candidly and openly about their struggles.
"It kills me," says one parent.
"I don't know what to do," says another.
"It destroys me."
Bullied to the point of not wanting to go to school? Yes, I remember those days.
"I feel helpless."
"I don't want him to become the bully."
"I wish I could do more..."
They get bullied for things they cannot control.
How do you fix it?
Some parents want to take matters into their own hands.
Will the school administration actually do something about it? That's the real question.
"I'm broken by this."
"There's nothing I can do."
"I don't know how to stop it."
"Teachers don't ever sort it out like they say they will."
"I'm torn between what I want to do..."