Should I do something, or am I overreacting?
Some background on my situation - my ds is 10, almost 11, in the 5th grade. We've moved recently, so he's at a new school this year, in a large metropolitan city. He's made some friends, but no one that he would call a best friend at school.
For the last few months, he's been telling me that some kids have been teasing him on the playground during recess, about his physical appearance. There's nothing really to be teased about (he has a cleft in his chin, that's what they're teasing about), so I figure it's just kids being kids. I've tried to explain that to him, telling him to just laugh along with them, and to try and walk away. Now I find out that recently, when he tries to walk away, the kids follow him, and poke him repeatedly, and continue with the teasing. He has finally told me what is upsetting him at school, and that would explain to me why he has been telling me lately that he doesn't feel well and thinks he should stay home from school. He has begged me not to say anything to his teachers or his school, but this morning I finally had to make his teacher aware of it. It is breaking my heart as a mother to watch my son go through this.
So my questions are: is this just kids being kids, or is this bullying? How do I handle it, either way? What advice do I give my son - laugh, walk away? Try and say something witty and teasing back? At what point do I get more serious with the school?
Thanks ladies, for any advice you have. XOXO Lori