A Group Of 5 Yr Old Bullies At School
Hello, my son he is 6, he has been really affected from being bullied at his school. This bullying involved him and 2 of his other friends (girls) being chased, pushed, kicked, hit, swore at and intimidated by a group of seven 5 yr olds. This happened for around 2 wks at school in most break times. I did notice more bruises and marks then usual over this period, my son had wet himself twice, was making things extremely difficult for me to get him dressed in the morn and was flinching and uncomfortable around his friend who can be quite aggressive at times.
Now he has lost his need to pretend everything is ok all the time, other behavioural changes have become apparent. I went through a list of feelings with him and he agreed with the following; Sad, irritated, scared, hurt, fear, worried, panic, hate, embarrassed and frustrated. He also feels that the school doesn't care about him. I am quite distressed and am finding it hard to cope, but I am worried that I am worrying too much. I feel guilty and that I have let my son down for not realising that this was going on and even previously asked him why he had so many bruises and a few scratches.
I am taking him to karate lessons this week to build up his confidence and have gone through bullying leaflets and talked to him about assertiveness from some info I found on the internet for children.
I only found out my child was being bullied through a friend whose child was one of the other victims. All 3 children have had frequent bruises to their bodies. Also after this not being recognised as happening by the dinner ladies and these children 'told' them repeatedly and the head's bare minimum response, and her telling me that even though these 7 children knew it was wrong there was no motive or intent and this was happening just because these kids had got into a routine.
All parents have been informed and the 3 children will report to the head after every lunch break for 3 weeks but my fear is that it will start up again after this point, I do not want this to happen and I have lost trust in the schools ability to keep my child safe. They have not reassured me sufficiently and have also broken protocol by not showing me a anti bullying policy when I have first asked and I'm still waiting on being given a copy after asking yet again.