This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed.
I would like to let all parents know that when your child is bullied at school there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel, in most cases.
My daughter moved to a new estate when we bought our house and she started secondary school knowing no one. She was picked on because she was tall and clever, she loved school and was top of the class all through primary school, but she got verbally abused and mentally tortured by a few pupils and unfortunately some of the teachers egged them on…..
Not knowing, I think, how badly it was affecting my daughter, we used to take her to school in the car to make sure she got there as she used to run away from school and hide in a local wood, this was a very frightening time and it got worse. She soon refused then to even go to school and so the local authority made us go to counselling, we asked if the bullies also went and they said no, there was no need.
This was an awful time and my daughter was then referred to hospital schooling which was for sick and bullied children, she worked hard and got a few gcse’s and then had to leave because she was sixteen. She then went to college and worked hard and got the equivalent of A levels and then went to university. At University she got a 2-1 degree and now is working as a social worker in child protection.
I am very proud of her, and just would like to say to all parents out there who this is happening to… stick at it, and hopefully, it will work for your family as it has for mine.