A 12-year-old girl tried to kill herself because of bullying at school, and fortunately, her father was there to save the girl. She is now staying at Lakeside Behavioral Health and trying to fix the broken heart.
It could've ended really bad
David Levine’s daughter is a student at East Junior High School in Fayette County. Reportedly, she was bullied not only emotionally but also physically. David explains:
A lot of picking on, a lot of physical interaction with other children, pushing on her spitting on her throwing things at her she does have a scar above her eye from a pencil that was lodged in there.
The father also saw the fear in his daughter’s eyes every time she got into the school bus. It became a norm to come home weeping as well as having new bruises and torn clothes.
David surely tried to do something. He went to the school demanding answers and solutions. And despite addressing the issue, nothing has been done. The girl got so depressed that she even tried to catch herself on fire.
How to protect your children?
Even journalists from FOX13 went to the school’s authorities. No wonder they didn’t get any answers. It is important to know how to protect your children in such cases, as obviously, they can rely only on their parents.
1. First and foremost, you need to inform the school’s authorities. You have to believe your child if they share something like that with you. Address your child’s words to the school counselor and try to establish a plan of action.
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2. It is a good idea to have open talks with your child as often as possible. In this way, you can show your support and know more about the incidents of bullying. Keep a log of those and don’t try to confront the person or their family yourself.
3. Try to explain to your child that staying home can make things even worse. If you think that something horrible may happen to your child at school, it is better to come up with a new plan of action. Maybe, you can change the school or your child’s class at the very least.
4. Call for action. If you can’t solve the problem, it is wise to call for help. It is very important for schools to accept responsibility and take any cases of bullying seriously. But if they don’t, tell the story to your local news agency or go even higher.
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We hope that bullying will become the thing of the past very soon. Let’s protect our children and teach them kindness and empathy.