All of my regular readers will know my grandsons, Brandon (in green) and Jordan. Now these boys are no angels, but let me tell you what happened last week.
On Thursday when I went to pick the boys up to take them to the farm, Brandon told me that one of the boys at school had literally picked Jordan up and threw him against a parked car. I had meant to tell their parents, but things got hectic when we arrived back at the house and it slipped my mind. (Bad Grandma.)
Saturday was hubby's birthday and the boys and Mom came over for BBQd burgers and birthday cake, plus Mother's Day celebrations. Usually if something happens at school the boys tell me, but Saturday they never said a word. I hadn't seen them on Friday and didn't see them Sunday.
On Monday morning at 8:45 am, the phone rang. Hubby answered it and brought it to me. He said someone was asking for Brandon's grandma. I knew right away it was the school and sure enough it was Brandon's teacher. He asked me if I knew about what happened on Friday and I said "No."
I gave him Michelle's cell phone number so he could call her. She was on her way out of town to do some business with Barry. She called me after Brandon's teacher had spoken to her.
This is the story: On Friday afternoon, Brandon and Jordan set out from school. Brandon had caught a particular boy going through Jordan's backpack and taking his stuff. Brandon reported the theft to the teacher and the boy got into a lot of trouble. Well, on the way home, the boy and his friend caught up to our boys and there was a confrontation. As I said, our boys aren't angels. However, the same boy that threw Jordan against the car on Thursday night, did it again. This time Jordan became angry. When the boy got on his bike, Jordan knocked him off of it. He then picked Jordan up and threw him into the middle of the street and proceded to pound on Brandon with his fists.
The boys that attacked our boys made a huge mistake. They caught up to our boys just two doors down from where they live. Barry was in the bathroom shaving (he's on nightshift) when he heard a kid screaming and realized it was Jordan. He went to the living room window just in time to see the boy throw Jordan into the street. Immediately he went outside and told the boy that he was to get off the property and not come back and that he was calling his parents.
The boy's father told Barry he was glad he had called him and not the police. Apparently this boy, who is either 12 or 13, is on probation and if Barry had called the police he would have been in big trouble. He said the problem would be dealt with and asked for names and specific details.
On Monday morning, Brandon's teacher was calling because the episode had been reported to the school. He told Michelle that the police should be called, but since the boy's father had promised to deal with the problem they didn't take that action.
Yesterday when I picked the boys up from school, (yes, we are driving them and picking them up again) they told me the only punishment the boys who did this received was standing in the hall for nutrition breaks. To me, this doesn't sound like a harsh enough punishment. What if there had been a car coming? Jordan could have been killed in an instant.
What I would like to know is, where are the parents of kids that do this kind of thing? For that matter, why isn't the school doing more to protect kids that are walking home from school? It seems we have to pick the boys up from school in order for them to be safe, which should never happen. I have spoken to the principal and vice principal about other incidents of bullying and they don't seem very interested in stopping it, yet bullying is against the law in Ontario. Yes, our government passed a bill against bullying.
I'd like to see both parents and school officials made responsible for protecting our children when they are under their care. If our children can't attend school and feel safe, where can they feel safe?
An now, off my soapbox... I'm interested in hearing if any of you have had a bullying problem where the parents and school didn't seem to care. Is this why kids bring guns to school?
Have a wonderful day. ~Blessings, Mary~