Childrearing

Trend Alert: Parents Are Bullying Their Kids’ Bullies

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I’d like to think I’d be calm and collected and that I’d handle any situation involving my children with grace and compassion. But who are we kidding? If, like all these parents above, I believed my child was being bullied – and even worse, that nothing was being done about it – I’d lose it, too.

The incidents speak of a larger issue, though, which is that parents are clearly feeling desperate. In so many of the stories I’ve been following, parents say they spoke to school officials and then went to police, only to be told there was nothing they could do to help. Which is scary – and just plain sad. One of those parents is Chelsea Grimes, who earlier this year sent her teenage son to school with a stun gun. Darnell “Dynasty” Young, who’s openly gay, had reportedly been bullied for months; one day, after being swarmed, he fired the gun in the air, which sent his bullies running. (Young was promptly suspended until January 2013.)

“I had to do something to protect my child. I was in fear of losing my child, either at the hands of the bullies or either at the hands of himself,” Grimes said at the time. “What is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt she was supposed to do?”

In any ways, Grimes’ sentiments echoes those of Piscitella, Prokop and Lindsay – that terrible feeling of not being able to protect your child yet refusing to stand idly by. Sadly, I feel we’ll be hearing more and more stories like this, especially come September and the start of a new school year.

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