Saturday, October 09, 2010

Bullying

Yeah, this is a book blog and I usually keep my personal stories out of it, but this topic is close to my heart.

My fourth grader is being bullied. I just met with his teacher Monday to discuss the issue. He goes to a small Christian school and they are not immune to such things (in case anyone wondered). As teachers usually are, she was unaware of the extent of the problem.

In the midst of lesson plans, state test scores, and field trips, I know how easy it is to miss. I pray I'll recognize bullies in my own classroom.

Found a fantastic blog article this week I feel compelled to share. I might just send it to my son's teacher: Memoirs of a Bullied Kid.

If you think of it, can you keep my son in your prayers?

And to bring this entry back to books, did you know there was such a thing as book bullying? I didn't either. But Carin's discussing it at A Little Bookish.

Have you ever been bullied?

11 comments:

  1. I'll be praying that God leads to a solution and that he heals your little boy's heart . . . "You are from God little children and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world." I John 4:4

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  2. Oooops! That second he shouldn't be capitalized, and it makes a difference! But I didn't fix it fast enough!

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  3. Ah, Joy, I feel for him. And for you. My oldest has been in the same boat. We'll have all of you in our prayers!!

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  4. I will be thinking of your son. I was bullied in middle school and know how self-confidence erasing it can be. I wish there was some advice I could give him other than the reminder that whatever they say, they are wrong.

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  5. I'm sorry to hear about your son and will be praying for him AND the bullies!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  6. @Renee Ann- Thanks, I know what you meant. :)

    @Gina- It's heartbreaking isn't it? I want to switch places with him.

    @JEFritz-Thank you for commenting. Middle school years are the worst, aren't they? I'm sad this has started so early for my son.

    @Renee- Thank you! Yes, please pray for the bullies. One thing that article said was people who love themselves don't bully others. So the bully has issues at home or heart issues that he needs to work out too.

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  7. Joy...we've been there too. As a parent and especially as a Christian, I think it's so difficult to navigate the "Bully Years". It's really hard for me to preach the 'turn the other cheek' sermon to my kids, when all I really want to do is get in there and fight for them.

    Son#1 was bullied terribly in 3rd grade. I got a bunch of inaction from the teacher, went to principal and got some lip service.

    My nephew ended up repeating a grade as a result of constant bullying. It reached a violent climax when the bullier slammed my nephew's head onto the floor and tried to stomp on him.

    That was one of the reasons we decided to homeschool through the middle school years. Why subject my children to bullying? It's definitely reached epidemic proportions, hasn't it?

    Sorry for the long comment. We'll be praying for you. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday! :o)

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  8. Oh wow. That's soooo tough. I will definitely pray for him. Good luck!

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  9. I will pray for your son! My 7 year old granddaughter is being bullied.

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  10. Sorry so late in replying.

    Larri, that is awful about your nephew. :( Thanks for keeping us in your prayers.

    Thanks for chiming in Juju and Annette.

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  11. Fourth grade must be the year of it. My daughter is being bullied too. Join you in prayer.

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