*One of my kids is getting bullied, but asked that I don't identify them.
*This child is one of the happiest people that I know.
*It breaks my heart to hear the tales, and makes me wonder what ones are kept inside.
*I know the parents and some of the bullies.
*I want to lash out at them both using the same methods used on my child.
* I want to rip down the veil of Not My Kid.
*I want to scream with my megaphone into the ears of the adults in charge when this happens.
*I know that fighting ugly with ugly doesn't solve anything.
*I want to make them all read Hate List, by Jennifer Brown.
*I want to homeschool my child, although- honestly-I am not qualified to homeschool anyone above the age of 4.
*So I pray. Hard. Pray that the action plan we developed with our child works. Pray that all the action plans of the school work. Pray that I choose my words and tone with care. Pray that my child keeps telling us the truth. Pray that my child learns that strength comes from intelligence, empathy and compassion, not hate and violence.
*I pray that the bullying stops. Pray that the bullies realize the whats and whys of their actions. Pray this not just for my child, but for the others.Pray for the small and shy,the strong and outgoing, the timid and the brave.
*All of them.