Middle is school is brutal? How about the fourth grade? This has been the first two months of fourth grade for my son. A rotten turd child (yes I will call him that) has been picking on Ryan since school started. If that wasn't enough, a so called friend of his has joined this boy in this terrible treatment. Now when a random kid picks on a kid it is bullying. When a "friend" does it, I call this abuse. Certainly a nine year old doesn't realize he is abusing his friend, but let's face it, it is in fact abuse. These boys relish and delight in teasing and harassing Ryan for anything their simple minds can come up with, which at nine is limited. However, when you are nine as well feelings can be hurt easily. Unfortunately this is where the retaliation comes in. Ryan, like any other human being could only take so much and he snapped. He has resorted to hitting, pushing and kicking. That isn't to say these other boys didn't fight back, it is just that Ryan threw the first punch. Suddenly Ryan is the problem.
Now before anyone gets upset, let me explain that I did address this with the teacher. I felt like this was a problem and seemed one-sided. (I still do--which is why I am blogging after months of hiatus.) The problem here is I am not allowed to know the details of these boys' discipline or action plan. I just have to "have faith" that steps have been made. I can't really have much faith when they continue to harass my son and my son is basically on isolation. He is doing tech stuff on computers with the teacher during recess time. Now he likes this, and he is learning how to do things on the computer, but I am wondering what steps are being taken to correct the behavoir of the boys in question. Do they get to continue acting like little jerks, because there are jerks in the world? That is the message I got today and the message I heard my son get. I also felt like he had to just put up with it. To be fair, he was given some tools and action plans in order to defend that did not include violence. However, in a class of 31 students my son only has issue with two boys. Does this seem slightly off to anyone else?
I was in a bad mood the rest of the day. I cried. I didn't say anything further to my son other than funny stuff he could think in his head, because let's face it if he said anything verbal he would be the one in trouble. I kept my mouth shut, mostly because it was his birthday yesterday and I didn't want to spoil his day with my rotten attitude. But what would you do? Am I overreacting?
I am linking up with Shell today for Poor Your Heart Out. You can too!