I am what people call a fixer, every two years we lived in a different state. My kids were always the NEW KIDS in school, and one thing we learned is no matter where we lived, no matter what the state, our kids got bullied. A lot of kids, new or not get bullied.
According to this website bullies pick on mainly the following:
Often, bullies are bigger kids, so they pick on:
Kids they feel are smaller.
Kids they think won't stand up to them.
Kids that have few friends to stand up for them.
Kids that are new to the school.
Our son is not an athlete, not one of the "popular kids", not one of the tall and strong kids so that makes him a target. His ADD doesn't help so he lacks focus, sometimes on the easiest of things. But what he has is a great personality, a strong loyal friendship to those he is friends with and is a great person.
My child is no different than most kids his age, they are all about wanting constant attention, always in the middle of some kind of drama, DAMN HORMONES, but all he wants is acceptance. We all want that at any age.
Bullying should be a crime, a line is crossed when kids want to hurt themselves because they are picked on non-stop. What I do know is my son has asked hid guidance counsler for a meeting for weeks and according to him never got one. The schools must take this more seriously and be there for the children they work for. NO KIDS MEANS NO JOB, they might get paid by the school system but they work for us and our kids. I don't think they realize that.
Ian Grossman is the manager at East Hampton Bowl.