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From Name Calling To Death Threats
by Heather Starks
(Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA)
My son has been a victim of bullies from 2nd grade until 11th grade. We would go to the school, they would stop the name calling and pushing for a while then it started again. It was a never ending battle. When our son started high school he started dressing differently and just did not fit into this small school world. He would be picked on and he would just blow it off. He is a jr this year and he started hanging with kids who the high school boys did not like him hanging with. Long story short he was called "fag" "emo" and pushed around. He would file harassment forms that did nothing.
This past November he had 2 notes in his locker that said "kill yourself" and "take a bath in your own blood" The police were called and they said they would do an investigation. My son's grades were failing and he was not himself. He was mad all the time, he would have fits of rage. My husband and I decided it was time for him to change schools due to the fact that this was not a safe environment for him. I work at the same school and I had a student come up to me and tell me that she and her friends wrote the notes. I reported it to the principal. After a so-called investigation she said she did not believe it was these students who did it.
My son and I moved in with my mother and he changed schools. My youngest son and my husband still live in our house because of rental obligations. We called the police department 2 months after the death threat and they told us the case was closed due to my son moving out of the district. My husband and I are looking into getting a lawyer to see what we can do. I am in shock that they police would not look into this matter and the school did nothing to help us because there is no "proof" of who did this.
Our family has gone through hell and someone needs to know our story. The tax payers need to know how this school deals with bullies. On a good note our son is very happy now and feels safe with his new school, he is passing all his classes and has been accepted.