My niece, who is 8 & in 3rd grade, has been getting bullied at school by a 5th grade boy for the last couple of months. He harasses her during lunch & recess, calling her names, and if she tries to get away from him, he and his friends chase her. She has told a teacher twice, and one of her friends told a teacher once; all they did was ask the boy if he was picking on her, he said "no, she's lying", & they dropped it. She has now been acting out at home, bullying her little sisters, having anxiety attacks & nightmares, begging to be homeschooled and talking about SUICIDE. The school's anti-bullying policy says they have 48 hrs to report & investigate ANY suspicion of bullying and they haven't done that. My SIL & MIL will be meeting with the asst. principal tomorrow (snow day today) to discuss the issue, but short of expelling the bully (which I highly doubt will happen) what can they do? Clearly the school doesn't give a shit, and even if they speak to the bully, it doesn't mean the behaivor will stop or even get worse.
Has your child gone through this? How did the school handle it, how did you handle it? What, if anything, did you do to get your child through the emotional trauma? My SIL is at her wit's end, not knowing what else she can do to protect her child, afraid that my niece will hurt herself. I know everyone has to learn at some point that life isn't fair and people can be cruel, but no 8 year old should want to die. Any advice would be appreciated!
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