This is a picture of my youngest son, Bud. We homeschooled Bud until the 7th grade. He finished both 5th and 6th grades together so he could skip up and enter 7th grade at a public middle school with his friends.
Bud loved 7th grade. He is an attractive and pleasant boy and made lots of new friends. The problem was that some of the boys he knew from the neighborhood were jealous that Bud was getting so much positive attention when he was so new to the school.
One day, about two months in to the school year, Bud was walking his bike home from school so he could talk to a couple of his walking friends. They had only got as far as the sidewalk in front of the athletic fields when Bud was knocked off his bike from behind. An 8th grader, who had knocked him down, jumped on Bud and started punching him in the face and ribs. Fortunately, Bud’s friends started screaming for help and a neighbor across the street from the school came out and scared the bullies away.
For some reason, Bud decided to finish walking home – about a mile away. When he got home he told me what had happened. I immediately took some pictures and called the police who sent an officer out for an “informational report.” I have since found out that an “informational report” usually means the police are not taking you seriously. The officer also told me I should contact the police officer assigned to the school. I called but had to leave a message as it was after school hours.
The next day my husband and I drove Bud to school and asked for an immediate meeting with the principal. We relayed the story of what had happened. The principal questioned both my son and the older boy separately and fortunately the older boy confessed. The principal notified us that the boy had been suspended for five days, but apparently if he had not confessed there was nothing the school could do.
Later in the school year Bud came home with the bruise you see in the picture above. An older boy, again one whom Bud had considered a friend approached Bud and his friends at lunch demanding money. When Bud refused, the boy punched Bud hard in the ribs and once in the face, then calmly walked away. Bud refused to report the incident as he was unsure anyone would support his claim for fear of retribution.