The Albany Journal has decided to make a public stand against bullying following experiences our staff has had, coupled with what has happened to Dustin Hammonds. As such, we put out a call for stories of bullying. Today’s story takes us out of Southwest Georgia, and into Hot Springs Elementary School in North Carolina. This is the story told to us by Tay Rathbone:
Our son Hunter was six years old last year and in the first grade. Hunter was born with one arm and one kidney. He started being bullied at the beginning of the school year it started out on the bus with fifth graders holding Hunter down on his back punching kicking him in the chest stomach and side and stomping on him spitting on him and twisting his one arm so he couldn’t escape.
This happened several times and he would get off the bus trying to cradle his one arm bruises all up his chest and stomach I got on the bus twice and called the school to report and ask for something to be done I got told they had a no bulling policy (just words) then it continued and escalated to the school and other graded he would walk down the hall and kids from all grades would spit on him pinch push and call him a one armed freak.
Hunter loved school before this happened he would cry if he was too sick to go to school, Hunter started to withdraw from school and act out to get into trouble so that they would make him sit with a teacher during reassess and lunch time, he was to afraid to play on the playground or go to lunch. His school work slid very badly and he would try to get up before me in the morning and cut of the alarm before it would go off.
I called the school the district attorney, called our local news station, talked to parents, went to school board, and talked to principal until I was blue in the face! They never helped Hunter and then wanted to say he had turned into a completely different child over the school year and they wanted the school therapist to see him because he had emotional issues!
I took him to one not appointment by the school and he told me Hunter personality change was from being bullied! I knew this but wanted the school to hear it! They refused to listen and even tried to force me to let Hunter see their therapist so that he could say that the school had nothing to do with Hunters behavior! Hunter ended up failing the first grade. This has to stop how as parents are we supposed to send our kids to school if there not safe? Not only physically but emotionally? When does it stop?
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