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Bullies at the bus stop
Q: My son, and several other children, are often picked on by the older kids at the bus stop. There isn't much they can do to ignore these bullies, they have to wait for the bus. Their bus picks up all grades, from K-12, as we are in a small town. Some of the older kids take the younger kids belongings and throw them in the road, or in the ditch across the street. This past Friday, one of the middle school boys was shoving my son and pushed him into the street as a car was coming. He wasn't hit, but did get a cut on his head that required stitches. I had to take the day off, and my son lost 2 days from school from the incident. We've complained to the school, but nothing happens. Do we just have to put up with this? It's terrible that our kids can't even wait for their school bus without being hurt by bullies!
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Daughter and Relational Aggression Trauma
Q: I've read your website on Relational Aggression. My daughter suffered through this for several years before we took her out of school to homeschool. She's in seventh grade now. She went to therapy for a little while but her therapist didn't think that she needed to come back, that she was dealing with it well. However, she tends to only want to be with me. She has lost all interest in the hobbies she used to have. Is this normal? What should I do? The only girls she is still somewhat friends with are getting tired of her only wanting to talk about what happened at her old school. She only talks to them on the phone or when they come to our home, which is becoming increasingly rare. What can I do to help her? Thanks!
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