When I was in high school I was bullied. Not physically, but via exclusion, name calling etc. I was miserable and I feel that that experience shaped a large part of who I am today. Ironically I actually like who I am today, but I hate that those awful girls left a permanent mark on me like that.
Now I have a daughter and I've been thinking about that. I know the school handled it badly (did nothing) but I do wonder what they could have done. It started with one girl who didn't like me, which would be fine, except I was new to the school and she seemed to quickly infect the entire grade with whatever she was saying about me until every day at school was like walking into a pack of wolves.
I've heard schools are better now about bullying but what do they do with this type of thing? You can't force kids to be inclusive or to hang with someone?
To be honest, if I felt my daughter was being subjected to this, I'd just tell her to leave the school grounds at recess and lunch. Go to a cafe, join a gym, whatever. Just don't be a sitting duck for the hunters.
WWYD? Has anything changed?