Photo credit Oklahoma State Department of Education
“I don’t know how much more I can take before I break.”
Bullying is real. And when you’re a kid who’s already different from your peers it can be even more devastating.
One of our followers posted this on her personal Facebook page and gave us permission to share:
“I don’t usually share things like this on my personal page, but I have to say this. As many of you know, my son has recently had very bad migraines and experienced vision loss. He has missed lots of school since last Thursday.
We found out that the reason he has been so stressed out and sick and not wanting to go to school is because he’s being bullied. It’s not just one kid that’s doing it either. It’s up to nine kids, both boys and girls. Sometimes they approach him in a group sometimes one at a time.
They say things like ‘being transgender is gross!’ ‘why do you wear make-up? Only girls do that!’ and ‘you are really a girl, not a boy!’ It has gotten so bad that he fears walking to down the halls. These kids are older kids. Not in 5th grade.
Today after I dropped him off I got a call from his principal saying that he was caught leaving school. A staff member saw him and got him back inside before he crossed the street. He was so scared to have to face any of these kids again. He is home now. I am beside myself in tears. What if he had gotten hit by a car or kidnapped? What if he instead tried to take his own life!!!?
I can’t imagine how this must feel to him. His principal and counselor have been wonderful in seeing he is safe but we still don’t know who these kids are.
I know everyone here on my page is behind us but if you aren’t please unfriend me. I need safe friends who are behind me and my family. Bullying of trans kids and adults is real! It hurts like crazy!!
Please stand up against hate! Please teach your kids to stand up against bullying if they see it. My child’s life is literally at stake!!! My heart is so broken right now. I just want my son happy. I tell him that we only let safe accepting friends and family in our lives for this very reason. If you disagree with my child’s ‘lifestyle,” as some people put it, please quietly unfriend me.
I’ll understand your honesty. Please keep our son in your thoughts. This past week has been extremely stressful for all of us especially him. I don’t know how much more I can take before I break.”
Our partner organization, One Million Kids for Equality, has an excellent resource page (where you can also share your own stories) that addresses bullying. Check it out here and let’s work together to stop bullying in its tracks!