This girl is just 11-years-old. At that tender age, she's already having to go through now only the bullying that we're seeing far too much of today, but yet again an administrative staff that does nothing to intervene or prevent it. And, because of their lack of responsibility in this case, her musician, single-parent dad has to embark upon a crusade to draw attention to the situation. It shouldn't have to be that way. Luckily for her, she has a father who is committed to making sure his daughter's well-being is a priority in her school.How I feel: I want to leave the underworld that I’m in. I get hurt, cussed at and flipped off every day. Where ever I go at (school name) I feel like I get killed and go to the underworld. Whenever I see and /or hear the place, I get afraid. I don’t want to lie, I don’t feel safe, and I don’t want to get hurt. All I need is an apology from the whole 5th grade classes. I need to feel safe. The teachers aren’t listening at all. I even get threatened at (school name). It’s named after a solder, but nobody is that in my class. I feel that I am better in jail than (school name). I don’t need education, I need safety. I don’t need to lie about the cussers, I tell the truth. I think their motto isn’t true. I think it’s a lie. I’m scared!!! I’m better in an underworld than in (school name). I just want to be on earth, not the “H word” (hell)”.
[I'm going to leave her anonymous for now. Her father will make comments to the blog if and as he sees fit.]
As part of his mission, he had his daughter write, in her own words, exactly how being constantly bullied made her feel. On the up side, hearing a first-hand, first-person recant of what it's like to have to endure constant bullying it extraordinarily powerful. The down side, of course, is that she and her dad have to go to this length in the first place.
The part that really got under my skin, however, was the girl saying that her "...teachers aren't listening at all." How can that be? How can it be possible that, in today's world, with bullying and teen suicides being in headlines around the world and almost daily, the school administrators can even think of taking the easy way out and not pay attention to a student who's reaching out for help? Worse, there are those who simply say they don't believe the bullying is taking place! Once again, I have to say that there needs to be accountability. What my hope is, of course, is that the father will provide the necessary information, i.e. school name, name of administrators, etc., so that a massive email and phone call campaign can descend upon that school.
Things are only going to continue to change as long as people like this courageous and devoted dad continue to stand up and speak out again the environment of hatred and intolerance that we're witnessing today. Keeping bullying, and all of the tragic aftermath that comes with it, on the back burner and out of the headlines is a travesty.
Kudos to you, dad, for stepping up and forcing this issue to be looked at on your daughter's behalf. Whether you know it or not, your efforts will have a ripple effect on countless other students who are also dealing with being bullied.