>You know, dads think that they are fairly strong. We fix things when we can, and if we don’t know how, we get someone else to do the job. I am going to try to develop a community discussion about bullying in this town. adults doing it to adults, adults bullying students, and so on… Life ain’t easy. But if we don’t teach our kids to respect themselves, they will never respect other people. kids mirror the behavior that they learn at home. If the kids are bullying other kids, what does that tell society about their home life? Now, I am not saying every home life is that way. There are kids who follow the leader. They often times see the bully as a leader and follow their example. Doesn’t make it right. When the leader can be identified, would they deny being the bully/leader if challenged? I wonder.
> Saw my daughter tonight. she looks and sounds so much better than she did on Wednesday. She asked me if I was disappointed with her. We talked about how I am always telling the kids to talk about and be honest about their feelings. I asked her how I could be disappointed in her doing what I have been telling her to do. I am not disappointed in her. We talked about what is going to happen when she goes back to school and what she wants to happen. We talked about how people were eventually going to find out where she was, and why. We talked about what I needed to do to help our community develop a policy regarding bullying in the schools. I told her that unless she told me I could help her, that I didn’t feel free to talk about it. I explained that
>I am going to rant. Bullying is an epidemic that needs to be eradicated like small pox. When a child talks of hurting themselves because of the behaviors of a few, it is a community issue. Everyone in the community needs to get involved in working toward a solution. My family is affected by this. Why? Because of bullying. We live in a small town, and are seen as outsiders by those who have lived here for a long time. Not the parents so much as the kids. These behaviors are learned at home. We need to work together to affect a change that shows the youth of today that bullying in any form is just not acceptable behavior. A parent should not fear that their child will kill themselves. Words can not express how grateful I am that my daughter sought the help she so desperately needed. We need