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If you have kids that go to this school please talk to your kids about bullying. Whether it be about bullying, seeing someone get bullied, or getting bullied themselves. I know this type of stuff happens at every school but it is getting pretty bad at this school with physical bullying. The school itself doesn't seem to be able to get a handle on it.

Mar 5, 2014 - 05:52 pm
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When my son was in middle school in Huffman he got Saturday school for punching a kid that was bullying someone pretty badly. I drove him to his Sat school and took him for ice cream otw home.

From my experience in schools I am sad to say some people look the other way and pretend it's not happening. Also, if a child is being bullied the bully gets to stay in class and the victim has to change his schedule. This was several years ago and I know schools are big into anti bullying now.

Mar 5, 2014 - 06:09 pm
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Mar 5, 2014 - 06:13 pm
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@Burnsway: Why haven't you ever offered home schooling as an option before now?


Mar 5, 2014 - 06:15 pm
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It s seems in the last 10 yrs school districts across this country have instituted bullying rules, yet they don't practice what they preach. If a school has too much bullying is it detrimental  to their standing or something?
Parents try going to the school & the district & still no action is ever taken. But don't teach your kids to fight back because at least one of the kids is going to be punished. Teachers' know what kid is a bully & which one is being bullied, but none of them steps up to the plate.
 I worked with a woman who son was being bullied & one day after school, off school grounds her son had had enough & the kids had a fight. Her son was sent to an alternative school. That's so wrong to me.

Mar 5, 2014 - 06:27 pm
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@Burnsway: Why haven't you ever offered home schooling as an option before now?
 

@topcat: 
Actually even before I bit the bullet I always brought it up as an option but now that I actually am doing it I cant help but tell people...its so much easier than one thinks even if both parents work. You can do the same amount of work they need to stay on course in about 8 -10 hours a week so it can easily be done at nights or weekends. I do understand those with younger kids may not have a place for their children while they are at work though. But many homeschool families take turns watching each others kids. I havent had to do that since Im not working but I know some do.

I just found there really is not an answer to the bully problems. Schools either dont care or have their hands tied. Many parents think it isnt an issue as kids will be kids and some kids just need to tough it out. So I had no other answer to help her out except Home school or a good private school. But even in private school bullying is a problem but is handled a bit differently and better.



Mar 5, 2014 - 06:57 pm
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@Burnsway You are awesome for putting on so much time and effort into your child's education. I would have loved to been able to hs or sent the kids to private school. Divorce throws a wrench in plans sometimes You know I was just messing wit cha!

Mar 5, 2014 - 07:08 pm
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@Burnsway You are awesome for putting on so much time and effort into your child's education. I would have loved to been able to hs or sent the kids to private school. Divorce throws a wrench in plans sometimes You know I was just messing wit cha!


@topcat: 

Yea being a single parent would be hard when it comes to home school...mainly the socialization because if you have to do all the work at night and weekends it would eat up socialization time but believe it or not I know many single parents that do it and successfully....Just dont think I could...:-/ I had my oldest in private school and had to pull her out 2 years after I divorced my first hubby...That sucked but we managed. I actually homeschooled her for 4 months only...mainly to get her ready for the transition to public school because I knew the math and science would be way different than a christian private school was teaching it.....LOL



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bullies have been around forever, always will be around.  Best thing to do is teach your child to laugh it off.  laughing at a bully or not giving them the attention they are starving for is more punishing then kicking them out of school. 

When my oldest was at KMS we had some really bad issues we had to deal with, called the police even.  When dealing with the other kids parents we immediately knew WHERE they got their aggression type attitudes.   First words were "boys will be boys" then it was "lets just let them fist it out after school"  OMG really???  These were kids that threw things at my sons regularly until I had enough of him coming home in pain.  If we dont start punishing the adults the kids will NEVER stop!

Mar 5, 2014 - 07:15 pm
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Call the councilor at KMS.  Talk to her.   If she can't fix this in a day, you call the principle.  Again, if this isn't given immediate attention, then you email everyone on the school board.

Really the first one will work.  You send an email, stating you want to know this is being handled and how.  This is all it takes anymore.  Because once you put it in writing and do not get results, things get ugly for the school and they know it.

Be very nice, own up to whatever part your child may play in this if any.   Do not yell, do not go on and on.  State the facts, put it in writing.  Then set up an apt with the councilor.  

Stay very calm, and let them know you aren't going anywhere and that this is going to be something that they handle.  

Mar 5, 2014 - 08:08 pm
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Call the councilor at KMS.  Talk to her.   If she can't fix this in a day, you call the principle.  Again, if this isn't given immediate attention, then you email everyone on the school board.Really the first one will work.  You send an email, stating you want to know this is being handled and how.  This is all it takes anymore.  Because once you put it in writing and do not get results, things get ugly for the school and they know it.Be very nice, own up to whatever part your child may play in this if any.   Do not yell, do not go on and on.  State the facts, put it in writing.  Then set up an apt with the councilor.  Stay very calm, and let them know you aren't going anywhere and that this is going to be something that they handle.  



@Fallon: Also, they should cc the principal on every correspondence, and never, ever go to a meeting alone.


Mar 5, 2014 - 09:04 pm
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If you have kids that go to this school please talk to your kids about bullying. Whether it be about bullying, seeing someone get bullied, or getting bullied themselves. I know this type of stuff happens at every school but it is getting pretty bad at this school with physical bullying. The school itself doesn't seem to be able to get a handle on it.



@pynkett:

My son is in 6th grade over there and I will say, my son has been the subject of bullying at the school, he is not the one doing the bullying he is the one being bullied it is sad when your son who has always had perfect attendance all the sudden is missing alot of school because they say they are sick and when you finally ask what is going on he tells you Mom.I am scared to go to school because this kid has been bullying me.... It broke my heart, made a call to the school and as far as I can tell, they have taken care of it


Mar 5, 2014 - 10:41 pm
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Ask yourself why bullying is on the rise as anything related to violence is on the fall - i.e. banning even the images of guns or kids pretending their finger is a gun, pocket knives, all the talk and teaching about tolerance, etc.

Mar 5, 2014 - 11:04 pm
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The school can't do a thing without proof. A parents phone call is NOT proof. They will investigate but if the kid(s) don't cooperate, there isn't anything they can do. Now, videos will help matters but only if they catch the act.

You worry about punishment? How would you react if your child was bullying someone (allegedly) and was sent to alternative school without PROOF? You parents would be screaming from the rooftops saying how horrible the schools are and you know it.



Mar 6, 2014 - 05:53 am
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Thanks for the heads up.  I talked with my 8th grader last night to find out if he has seen or been bullied at this school.  He says he hasn't seen any, but at least I gave him the heads up.  This kid is pretty tall and quiet, so I don't think anyone will mess with him, but you never know.

Mar 6, 2014 - 08:00 am
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It's sad - my son has one kid in his class right now (1st grade) who has told him, on three different occasions, he's fat. (And he is a bigger kid for his age.) It breaks my heart. I'm trying very hard to teach him to not let it bug him bc if the brat sees that it does, he'll continue. (I also may have told him to quip back that the kid's mouth is fat bc he's always talking.)
 
We had a bullying issue in Kindergarten, on the bus, last year where two older brothers were taunting my son and his friend. They even went so far as to hold my son down to take his shoes off. (My son goes to Catholic school and there were only maybe a dozen kids on the bus - all going to his school or another private school in the area we lived in.) My son never told me this was going on - it was his friend's MOTHER who told me. So, my husband took my son to the bus stop, had him point out the kids, and he went straight to the boys' mother and told her what was going on and that he would go to the school next if it didn't stop. Thankfully, the mother was horrified and put a stop to it.
 
I know bullying is going to happen regardless, but I like to think that the Catholic / private schools take the issue more seriously, due to the smaller classroom sizes and the religious teachings, and that they will at least address the issue if needed.
 
I'm so sorry to you parents who are going through this. I agree with the poster suggesting starting with the counselor and working your way up from there. Best of luck - our kids have another challenges these days, without having to deal with little ****s, too.

Mar 6, 2014 - 08:23 am
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