No parent wants to see their child go though any kind of pain or torment. Parents make a vow to protect their child no matter what; so when they see their kid go though something horrible, it makes any parent want to stand up for their child.
A 12-year-old girl was in class when a few of her classmates said they smelled an “odor” coming from between the girl’s legs. These verbal bullies next actions put this innocent girl in the hospital. In response, her upset mother is sharing this story so that no other pre-teen has to deal with this type of bullying and abuse.
After dealing with such a hurtful situation involving her innocent 12-year-old daughter, Leigh Davey was frustrated, confused and at her breaking point. With no other alternative, she decided to share her story via Facebook, hoping that it will connect with others on social media and bring awareness to a painful encounter and make some sort of difference
“Our beautiful girl has been subjected to some awful bullying at school,” Leigh wrote on Facebook. “It’s been a very private 7 months for us, dealing with this, immediate family only.” The mother tried to deal with this constant bullying in private for so long, it got to the point where she chose to go public with this painful ordeal. Things were only getting worse at her child’s school. It became so severe that the 12-year-old was attempting suicide. Crying out in a hurtful plea to other parents via social media, Leigh broke down what her daughter had to deal with by her mean and cruel classmates and the ignorant administrators who did nothing to put a stop to her pain.
“In this age of social media, children (because they are children) think it’s ok to send hateful messages (to me also along with their parents who won’t take responsibility) without consequences,” Leigh wrote on Facebook. “I’ve had calls from these children calling me an old hag because I’ve defended our daughter, approached parents and pleaded with them to talk with their children and ask them to stop. I’ve even approached the children themselves, but been threatened by parents with harassment,” she added.
“The WA department of education doesn’t expel children from schools for bullying, as they say: ‘Every child is entitled to an education.’ What about our child’s entitlement?” she implored. “She’s been sent home numerous times after self harming at school. She’s not allowed a pencil sharpener as she takes the blade out and cuts herself. The WA department of education also told me: ‘You should teach your child how to be resilient against bullies.’ Yes, they said that.”
Leigh continued to share more of the painful situations her child had to deal with at school. These ordeals would make any parent furious. And sadly, the end result was a trip to the emergency room because this innocent girl was so embarrassed and emotionally abused that she was trying to commit suicide.
“Our girl has had a video taken of her sitting at her desk at school, legs slightly open, with a lovely caption about the smell,” Leigh wrote. “It was posted to snapchat. I spent 90 mins with the police as they tried to determine if it was photographing and distribution of pornographic material. Yes, a 12 year old can be prosecuted if the content breaches certain criteria. Sadly our daughter’s didn’t, but she was subjected to weeks of ridicule. Repercussions? The girl who posted the video lost her playtime. The person who took the video? Nothing, because no one would tell who it was.”
Leigh also shared a picture of her daughter in the hospital so that people could visually understand how painful the consequences of bullying are. The mother said she had spent five hours in the past week “with psychiatrists, doctors and nurses, because our girl ‘had a plan to commit suicide.’”
“Please, in this awful age of social media (or anti social media as we call it) check your children’s messages,” implored the heartbroken mother. “Their devices are a privilege, nothing more, nothing less, so please make sure they are being polite and respectful in their messages. Teach the children to ‘talk’ not use text or social media to air their differences. Bullying affects the whole family, not just the bullied. It needs to stop and it needs to stop now!”
As hurtful as it was to post this story of her daughter online, Leigh implored others to share her little girl’s story as well, in hopes that it might make some progress towards curbing bullying in school. It was soon noticed by the Love What Matters Facebook page, where it was shared over thousands and thousands of times.
No child deserves to be bullied and it is up to parents, teachers and those who observe bullying to take a stand to protect all children.
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