Bullying – This Time It WAS Your Child

 

Which scenario is worse?

The phone rings and you answer. You have a feeling and it isn’t a good feeling. As you listen, your heart is in your mouth. You hear the principal at your children’s school saying that he has bad news. Your heart skips a beat and you feel dizzy. “What is it? Is someone hurt? Are my children okay? Why are you calling?”

The principal answers, “It is Sarah. She has been taken to the hospital in an ambulance. We aren’t exactly sure what happened but apparently, she was attacked by some girls in the ladies’ room. We called 911 right away. The medics said she might have a broken rib and her shoulder is either dislocated or broken. She was unconscious when a girl found her on the floor in the ladies’ room. We are very sorry that this happened and we will try to find out who was responsible for this and handle their actions appropriately.”

You are stunned and never say Good bye as you hang up. You have so many questions but you don’t want to waste any more time. You want to get to the emergency room as quickly as possible so that you can see just how serious Sarah’s  injuries are. In a panic, you get in the car and head for the hospital. This can’t be happening to my daughter, not my daughter.

OR

The phone rings and you answer. You have a feeling and it isn’t a good feeling. As you listen, your heart is in your mouth. You hear the principal at your children’s school saying that he has bad news. Your heart skips a beat and you feel dizzy. “What is it? Is someone hurt? Are my children okay? Why are you calling?”  The principal answers, “It is Sarah. She has been taken to police headquarters in handcuffs with two other girls. We aren’t exactly sure what happened but apparently, Sarah and the other two girls were seen attacking a girl in the ladies’ room. The girl they attacked was taken away in an ambulance. The medics said she might have a broken rib and her shoulder is either dislocated or broken. She was unconscious when the bystander reported the situation to her teacher. We called 911 and the police and ambulance arrived.”

Your mind is spinning and you hang up thinking, “My daughter would never do anything like that. Not my daughter.”  You get into the car and head to the police station to pick her up. “This can’t be happening. There must be some mistake.

Bullies and bullying targets pay for bullying in different ways. Parents must take responsibility for their children.

TO BE CONTINUED

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