My wife got called by the junior high school my daughter attends today. Normally, one dreads calls from the school in the middle of the day. Broken bones, allergic reactions, a fight or some other problem and it ALL flashes through a parent’s mind. They wanted her to know that my daughter had talked one of her friends to come forward and talk about the harassment that she, the friend, had been dealing with. My kid and her friend are both thirteen and in the 7th grade. This other young lady has apparently matured physically more than most of her peers, and this has made her a target for taunting and harassment by both boys and girls at the school. This particular incident involved a group of boys. They wanted my wife to be there while they questioned my kid as a witness to the misbehavior. So she goes to the school, and sits with my daughter as she relates the mistreatment her friend has been suffering all year. She named the boys involved in this latest incident as well as the other kids who have been repeatedly mistreating her friend. She told them about how most of the boys were just being stupid boys and that the ringleader is a boy that most of the girls think is creepy and is always trying to touch them. She later told my wife that this particular boy has been in trouble for this kind of thing before and that “he’s scary and a real a-hole.” On the way home from school, she begged my wife not to tell me, because apparently she’s of the opinion that I’m overprotective, and that she can take care of herself. The boys got a week of In School Detention, a couple of girls got written warnings, and a letter was sent home with all of the 7th grade class. Well, obviously I know about it. Wife told me about it and made me promise not to make a big scene. So I only told my girl that I’m proud of her for standing up for another person and for herself, too.
I’d also like to mention that I’m proud of our school. They acted swiftly and decisively and they did not overreact. Things like this give me hope.
Open thread, too.