I hate starting the day off with bad news and I vowed a long time ago that my blog was going to be happy news but in this case, I feel the need to share.
This is a story about a little boy, in the fourth grade, who committed suicide due to bullying at school. This happened in Nevada, MO . . the smallest of small towns! Obviously, this kind of tragedy can happen anywhere but having lived in this small town, you just never think it would happen there.
As a kindergartener in that same school district, Addie has had lots of lessons on bullying already. I appreciate that the school is starting with the youngest students to try to prevent bullying but my feeling is this is something parents need to be working on also. We need to teach our kids and grandkids to treat people the way we want to be treated. It is never ok to single someone out and try to make them miserable.
I look at the news and I see where people who don’t agree with what someone has said on the news . . they go to his home and stand outside and chant threats. Is this not bullying? Stop watching that channel. Stop buying from the sponsors but also stop the bullying!
Police are not being respected! People are not stopping for school busses when they’re loading and unloading children. We all need to respect the rules . . ALL the rules! If there are rules we don’t agree with, there are methods and procedures for getting those rules changed. We have to show respect . . that’s the best way to teach our children and grandchildren respect for others and respect for the law.
I’m not saying parents can totally stop their kids from bullying. Any of us who have raised or are currently raising children know they are going to do what they are going to do, at least to some degree but if kids are taught and see kindness and respect in the home, I pray they’re more likely to live that lifestyle in all aspects of their life.
Also, even though it’s something my parents never did, nor did I feel the need to do it with Chad, we need to talk to our kids and grandkids about how to handle bullying . . if someone is bullying them or if they see someone being bullied.
Definitely not all but a whole lot of parents need to put down their cell phones, put down their tablets, turn off the TV and spend quality time every day talking with their kids . . just chit chatting . . knowing what’s going on their lives, how they’re feeling, what’s bothering them. It isn’t often something you can just ask and get a response . . we have to really know these kids.
It breaks my heart, especially for this family who has lost their fourth grader, but also that we’ve “evolved” to a society where some, hopefully just a few, seem to have totally lost compassion for others.