My middle child is in Junior High School, 6th grade to be exact. He was barely old enough to enter kindergarten back at that time, but his preschool teacher felt he was ready, so he is probably one of the youngest 6th graders in his school and at the age he is he could easily be a 5th grader. So he is probably a little less mature than most of the kids in his grade level. He is also not very athletic.
There has been a kid picking on him pretty much all year long. He has been making fun of and teasing my son about his lack of athletic ability. My son would come home once a week telling me some nasty thing this kid said to him, and was even harrassing him in the locker room, and even said somthing sexually inappropriate to my son. After that incident my son went to the principle and told him. The child was talked to and the verbal abuse stopped for a week or so, but soon started back up again. The verbal stuff did not bother me as much because I know my son said some things to this boy as well, mostly in defense, but occasionally my son would try to joke around with the kid. My husband and I have told my son to not even talk to the kid and to ignore him, but my son can not seem to manage that.
So today my son tried to joke around with this kid again, and the kid rammed into him with his shoulder and then punched him in the stomach. And while I know my son should just not even try to talk to this kid, this kid had no right to hit him. None of the teachers saw this, only one other kid saw it. This other kid told my son to tell on him and that he would back him up, as this bully picks on that kid as well. Apparently he picks on all the smaller kids.
Principle was really nice and said he would talk to the boy and my son tomorrow, and if he ever touches my son again or any one for that matter serious displinary measures will be taken.
I am just hoping things will get better after this and not worse.