- Posted October 11, 2013 by
Muntinlupa City, Philippines
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My daughter Beatrice Pinera got bullied by her female classmate in 2010. Beatrice was then a Grade 4 student and one of her classmates bullied her. The said bully was a slender girl who was then bullying many of her classmates- both boys and girls. Beatrice was just 9 years old then when she complained to me that one of her female classmates would usually threaten to punch her if she will not share her food to her during recess. According to my daughter, the bully thinks then that all the bright students in their class were all weird kids and nerds. The said girl was bullying the top 5 students in their class. She was also bullying her classmates whom she thought were sickly or physically weak. My daughter Beatrice was always at the top 10 of her class when she was still an elementary student. Even now that she’s already in high school, Beatrice still is among the top 5 students in Section One.
When Beatrice told me what was going on, I decided to meet up with the parents of the other kids who were then also being bullied in their class. I convinced the said parents to go with me inside the office of the guidance counselor to complain about the bullying, so that the bully will be reprimanded there.
The bully and her parents came to the guidance counselor's office when they were asked to go there. I was with the parents of the other kids who were then being bullied by the girl when the issue was tackled inside the guidance counselor’s office at a certain date. After learning about our complaints against the bullying, the guidance counselor warned the said bully to behave nicely or be expelled from the school. The parents of the bully were told to guide their child towards better manners, so that their child will not bully anyone anymore. After being warned by the guidance counselor, the said bully started behaving well in her class. As days passed by, he girl wasn't bullying anyone in school anymore. After the school-year 2010 to 2011, the said bully stopped attending the school anymore. When the new school-year came in, that was around June of 2011, the said bully was transferred to another school by her parents.
The bully in this story wasn't a chubby kid. The girl was a little bit slim and was just 10 years old then. She also wasn’t tall. Though not a big kid, the said bully had some school-mates who were perceived as ‘tough kids’ back then.
I think bullies in the neighborhood and in schools should be reprimanded and punished by the authorities. Bullies might grow up as criminals if they felt that they can do a crime without being penalized by the authorities. We don't want bullies believing that they are above the law.
If you are currently being bullied in school or at work, tell such problem to the school authorities or to the supervisor so that the bullies will be reprimanded and penalized. I think victims of bullying should immediately tell their parents, guardians, teachers, peers, friends, guidance counselors and even grandparents about such issue. Victims of bullying often feel depressed and lonely if they will keep the matter to themselves. The only way for victims of bullying to overcome the bullies is to tell the world that they are being bullied and that they need help. Some victims of bullying become so stressed because they are not seeking the help of others and the authorities to reprimand the bullies. Victims of bullying must tell their stories and seek help. That’s the best way of warding off bullying.
Victims of bullying should not be afraid to tell the truth to authorities because bullies have to be penalized. We should prevent the bullies from becoming criminals because many of them are victims of violence themselves or have certain psychological problems. The victims of bullying should speak out against bullying for such courage to speak out against bullying will lead to them away from becoming targets of bullying. Tell the names of the bullies to the authorities so that such people will be reprimanded and punished. I'm against bullying for such will hurt kids and adults alike. Bullying is just another form of oppression.
(NOTES: My daughter Beatrice Pinera is now 13 years old and in 2nd year high school. She won many academic awards during her ‘elementary school years’ and was at the top ten of Section 1 when she graduated from elementary schooling in 2012. She is still at the top 10 of her class today. I’m glad that she was able to ward off bullying in 2010 because some victims of bullying become too traumatized after being tormented by bullies. My daughter Beatrice is living a normal life as a teen-ager and she has many friends in her school. This iReport has 2 photos of Beatrice Pinera.)