Bullying is a hot topic today. While bullies have been around forever, bullying seems to be more vicious — or children are less equipped to handle it. Whatever the case may be, there are children killing themselves across the country because they were being bullied. One mom took to Facebook to tell their family’s story, which luckily her daughter survived… but she still ended up in the hospital.
The story of Leah Davey’s daughter was shared on the “Love What Matters” Facebook page. “Our beautiful girl has been subjected to some awful bullying at school. It’s been a very private 7 months for us, dealing with this, immediate family only,” Davey said.
“In this age of social media, children (because they are children) think it’s ok to send hateful messages (to me also along with their parents who won’t take responsibility) without consequences. I’ve had calls from these children calling me an old hag because I’ve defended our daughter, approached parents and pleaded with them to talk with their children and ask them to stop. I’ve even approached the children themselves, but been threatened by parents with harassment.”
The children could not be kicked out of school for such extensive bullying, Davey explained, because “every child is entitled to an education”. “What about our child’s entitlement?” she asked.
Davey said that her daughter had begun to self harm, and was even sent home from school several times for hurting herself. Rather than trying to protect her from the bullies, her teachers told her that she needed to be more “resilient”.
In one horrifying incident, someone filmed the girl without her knowledge, as she was sitting at her desk with her legs slightly open. The left a caption on the video saying there was a “smell” coming from between her legs. “It was posted to snapchat. I spent 90 mins with the police as they tried to determine if it was photographing and distribution of pornographic material,” Davey said. “Yes, a 12 year old can be prosecuted if the content breaches certain criteria. Sadly our daughter’s didn’t, but she was subjected to weeks of ridicule. Repercussions? The girl who posted the video lost her playtime. The person who took the video? Nothing, because no one would tell who it was.”
Her daughter was then placed in the hospital, because she was trying to take her own life. It was the last straw for Davey, who pulled her daughter from the school and filed a restraining order against the bullies. “The school has a safety plan for the bullied child, our daughter. And the bully? She only loses recess and lunch privileges. This is infant school punishment!” she said. “Please, in this awful age of social media (or anti social media as we call it) check your children’s messages. Their devices are a privilege, nothing more, nothing less, so please make sure they are being polite and respectful in their messages. Teach the children to ‘talk’ not use text or social media to air their differences.”
Readers slammed the school administration for failing this child so horribly.
“School administrators and teachers need to change their freaking attitude!” one person wrote. “Defend these children that are being bullied! What’s wrong with these ppl.”
“As a parent, I would NEVER let my kids get away with bullying people….and as for this poor child, I feel her pain,” another person added. “I attempted suicide 3 times at age 12 because of being bullied. This story is so heartbreaking. Beyond words.”