As of recent the problem of bullying in schools is rising. The video that circulated with the teen being stabbed in her back brought tears to my eyes. Bullying should stop! Innocent children are being hurt because of bullies, and I speak to a series of recent events at a primary school.
I am a single mother of five children and work very hard to ensure my children have all necessary resources to attend school. My youngest son, a grade four pupil at the primary school, complains daily about children taking away his things, hitting him and a child even threatened to kill him. As a mother it hurts and I am scared, I don’t think my child is safe at that school but I pray daily for his protection. Upon visiting the school I learnt that my child was not the only child that was threatened by this child.
Several other children were threatened and have great fear of the child who usually tells the children he will kill them. I also heard that the weapons he brings to school were seized which ranges from pieces of wood with nails in them, sharp metals, nails, glass.
The child that tells the children he will kill them attempted to commit suicide in the school one afternoon. He jumped from the rail into the yard saying he want to die. The police were called to the school and the children were left traumatized. I think it’s unfair to the other children who endure the bullying from this child and the attempted suicide. Children should not be exposed to things like these, especially in school. Schools should be a safe haven for children not a place where they are exposed to danger. Parents should be able to be relaxed during the day knowing that their child is safe.
Systems should be in place at the public schools to deal with bullying and counselling should be available for children who are victims of bullying, one effect of bullying is suicide when not the bully but the victims of bullying commit suicide, even though each child deserve a right to education, children should be receiving education in child friendly environment. Sorry is not a word no parent wants to hear if something happens to their child. Please protect our children.
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