My 9 yr old has been bullied since he started preschool. He was in all day preschool (special needs) with 2hrs mainstreamed. He has been picked on by children and adults, including adults of other special needs children. Been called a freak, scaredy cat, cursed at, punched, knocked down in mud, had water poured on his pants to make it looked like he peed, arm twisted. Which in turn has lowered his self esteem, caused suicidal thoughts, self harm and 1 attempt at suicide. Yes, he receives a lot of help.
My son is autistic. He's terrified of clouds and wind, has a hard time with change, speaks in a odd tone, and so on and so on.
Today his lunch was taken by another student, thrown to the ground, and stomped on. He refused to turn that student in. Did that make you feel good? Is your day complete? Happy ending for you?
No I did not go and rescue him (his choice), the other student was caught only because he bragged about it, his art teacher gave him her lunch (even though I was about to head over with a new lunch). He attends a gifted school and is mainstreamed.