Kudos to these parents for doing everything they could to protect their children. She’s right, though, not every family can move away. The sick thing is, denied the targets that her children were, these bullies will start in on someone else. It’s time for schools to step in, seeing as the parents of these bullies don’t do a damned thing. Toss the bullies off the bus, and if they continue bullying in the school, expel them. And if it persists outside the school, the parents of the bullied children can bring criminal charges against them. How many more children have to be hounded unto death before something this straight forward is done?
Programming note: Learn more about Alex’s story and see how he has transformed from bullying victim to advocate in the AC360° documentary “The Bully Effect” on Thursday, February 28 at 10 p.m. ET and March 3 and 9 at 8 p.m. ET.
The bullying Jackie Libby’s son, Alex, faced every day was so severe that she worried the emotional toll would drive him to suicide.
“I would lay up with my husband at night and … just cry and say … what if he decides he doesn’t want to be here anymore? I mean, at that point, there was really only one more way to disengage. He was failing out of school. He wasn’t involved with his family at all. He didn’t want to have anything to do with his siblings. He didn’t have any friends,” Libby said. “There was only one more way for him to get out.”
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