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I have recently become aware of a friend's daughter being bullied by a few girls at the school and it is affecting her health and self confidence. The school is not ready or willing to deal with this issue, so I am asking the parents. Please help.
Talking to the girl's parents is a good place to start. The school may not be willing to do anything until they hear from this girl's family directly. The school should have a policy manual available which should include their policy on bullying. Ask for a copy.
Here is an article that might be helpful to you. It's called, "Why are those girls so mean?" http://www.greatschools.net/search/search.page?search_type=0&q=PTA&hiddenState=GA&x=0&y=0&c=topic
Also, many of our members have recommended the book, "Queen Bees and Wannabees," for insights to dealing with mean girl type bullying.24540
When the mother first spoke to the principal, she was told that there was nothing they could do about it. Nothing was ever mentioned about a policy manual. Now, as of Wednesday, the principal claims that the girls were spoken to and it will not happen again. So, we will see what happens when school returns at McKinley JHS. Thanks for responding, Janet24539
Usually our principal goes up to the class and does not point names but says what is happening and tells us whoever is behind it, the bullying should be stopped or else we go to their office and call in our parents.24538
I experienced the same kind of response when my daughter was bullied at school. I would advice any parents who plan to talk to the school about the bullying problem to take step to protect the victim. My daughter was singled out as the tattletale and experienced awful treatment from her classmates after being brave enough to tell. After that experience she was reluctant to go to adults at the school when she had a serious problem. I came to find out that our school did not have a policy in place for handling bullies, at least if they did no one knew about it. Stay on top of it though! Educators get distrated by the high stress environment they are in, but this is very important. Be persistant, try talking to the guidance counselor. You will find someone to listen and help if you keep trying!24537
I did find through a thorough search that the way to make the school enforce a no bullying policy and not ignore it is to put pressure on the school administration by contacting the NYC School Chancellor firstname.lastname@example.org. While this is a last resort usually, it is the fastest way to cut to the chase if the school does nothing.24536
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