Thursday, March 17, 2005

Bullying

There's been a bit of bullying going on at school. Yu-Jin is the second smallest boy in the class, and many of the girls are taller too, so Miky is understandably worried about him. There is a Chinese boy who gets picked on, by one of Yu-Jin's mates, and I told Yu-Jin that he should tell his friend to stop.

Next day Yu-Jin said that the Chinese boy was being picked on and that he jumped in front and put a stop to it. Good boy. We need to stop any bullying before it becomes entrenched. I went through a bit at school - it's not hard when you have ears like a taxi with the doors open, or Prince Charles, to cop a bit during school. I don't really want to see it happen.

The following day Yu-Jin said there was a fight as five boys were picking on the Chinese boy. He jumped in and fought them all he said. This brings mum to tears as she is so worried. There are no bruises or cuts so it couldn't have been that bad.

Still, I made the phone call to Yu-Jin's mate's parents and we spoke about it. We've invited the boy over so that the two of them can play together. We decided that this should be nipped in the bud as there is no need for it.

At least the boy has got some gumption. He may be small but he is quite strong.

On another note, the teacher will be out of action for two weeks with her broken arm, or wrist, not sure which, so there will be more disruptions in class than usual I imagine.

1 comment:

Hammysmum said...

I hope the bullying can be nipped in the bud, but don't hold out much hope, as people are so inept and uninterested. Nobody seems to want to take the lead in stopping it. Yu-Jin is a brave boy. I just hope this is not how he will remember his school days. One boy at a privete school in Adelaide was suspended along with the bullies, because he fought back!! How's that for injustice?