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   Posted 9/12/2007 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
This issue has been causing me some anxiety and to be honest I didn't realize how much it was causing.  My 15 year old son, 10th grade, has been harassed by an 11th grader - being called ****ot and g**.  This is only the third week of school and he is coming home crying.  Actually, he gets mad at his sister about something and all I have to do is ask him if he had a bad day and he instantly starts crying.  He's a very sensitive kid.
He didn't want approach the Guidance Counselor because he was afraid of payback from this kid.  I talked to him about it last week and again on Monday - nope won't do it.  I can't say as I blame him.  Last night we talked again and I gave him the option of me calling the Counselor.  After thinking about it for awhile, he said yes.  So I called and explained what was going on and why Jake didn't want to speak with her.  She then talked with Jake and got the facts from him.  Later on  she called the other student into her office.  Of course he "danced" (her word) around it, wouldn't deny it but also wouldn't say he had done it.  So she then called Jake in and I guess this kid's face turned a shade of gray (LOL).
Any way, after discussing it together this student was told that all of this would be in writing in his file and this time nothing will happen except a phone call to his parents.  But if anything happens again there will be disciplinary action taken up to/including suspension.  This counselor will follow through and make good on her threat too.
When she asked Jake to join her and this other student he readily agreed to do so.  I am so proud of him!!!!  I wish I more notice, I'd make him some cupcakes or something.  I know, I'm probably making more of this than I should.
Thank you for you letting me share this with you.  I know it doesn't really have to with this board - but I had to share.
I have Bipolar Disorder, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, Agoraphobia, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Severe Acid Reflux, Barrett's Esophagus, and Narcolepsy

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   Posted 9/12/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Kudos to you Mom, you handled that exactly right.  You let your son help make the decision.

He was very brave to face the other boy.  Not easy at that age when you want to just belong and be liked. 

Special hugs to both of you.


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   Posted 9/13/2007 3:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there! I remember when I was at school and I was bullied by a kid in the year below me (how embarassing!), my Mum came up the school and it was sorted out relatively quickly, the bully then started on my younger sister (3 years younger) and that was when I stood up to her. It's strange how you suddenly get the confidence and energy to support your family even when before you were scared. I think Jake was really brave in confiding in his family and facing the problem head on. Top marks, well done.
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   Posted 9/13/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both Kitt and Chowch - I am so glad that things worked the way they did.  He was very proud of himself when he got home yesterday - rightfully so!
Thanks again for the support!
yeah yeah yeah yeah


I have Bipolar Disorder, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, Agoraphobia, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Severe Acid Reflux, Barrett's Esophagus, and Narcolepsy

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