Bullying is a big problem in schools – a problem that has been around for decades and will probably be around for much longer, if not nipped now. But is it not always easy to handle this problem. There are many parties involved i.e. the child who is being bullied, the child who is bullying, school personnel’s reaction to bullying incidents and of course, the eventual effect it has on both the bully and the bullied.
If your child has been in a similar situation, you will know how heartrending it is to see your son or daughter being afraid to go to school each morning. It is time to take action. The best thing to do is to put it in writing – writing to your child’s teacher to inform them that a certain incident (or incidents) has transpired in school / class that involve bullying, will bring the problem out in the open, so that it can be addressed.
Letters of this nature need to be written by employing tact. If the situation is not yet out of hand, it is prudent not to specifically write the name of the child who is bullying your own. With children, it is difficult to gauge if they are indeed being truthful or if they have taken a name because they are afraid to take the real bully’s name.
Here is a tactful letter sample to a teacher written by a parent about her child being bullied:
May 13, 2015
Ms. Sarah Paton
Class Teacher – Grade 5
67 Carlos Road
Saint Johns, FL 28364
Dear Ms. Paton:
I would like to bring your attention to a matter that I believe should be of great concern to you, since it involves your student Maggie Jason – my child. Recently, Maggie has been coming home, crying her eyes out and visibly scared. I believe she is being bullied by someone in her class or in school – she has mentioned as much but refuses to take the name of the child(s) who are bullying her.
You have been Maggie’s teacher since she was in preschool and understand that she is a good student, who has gotten exceptional assessments up till now. Due to recent events however, Maggie is slipping in her homework. She wakes up evidently unwilling to get ready for school and refuses to do her homework. Yesterday, I saw a bruise on her right wrist where she has obviously been pinched. All this is extremely distressing to me – my child has transformed from a confident and bright individual to a withdrawn and overly sensitive one and it is not acceptable.
I would appreciate it if you would find out who is bullying her in school and put an end to her misery. I will follow up on this matter in two days’ time. Please contact me at (444) 444-4444 if you need to talk to me.
emma @ email . com
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