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Amal Alshteiwi, the beautiful, blooming 9 year old girl who took her life this last March hit me really hard. Hit just WAY too close to home! I have a 9 year old daughter. She is being bullied. She comes home and says things like “the say I’m stupid” “they say I’m ugly”. Words hurt.
Words hurt a lot more. You, reading this, are an adult. So therefore you know that words are just words. Ignore them. Don’t let them affect you. It’s always easy in theory isn’t it? Probably easier for you because you have had years to put this theory in motion. Yet we are asking to do the same at the ages of 9, 10 and upwards. We put plans in place to help them to help themselves. But unless we have people on the other side listening our feel unheard. Understandably so.
What the Calgary Board of Education said about the situation really upset me. They say they are taking the matter “extremely seriously” and that they would not say if her school had any of these “support services” in place at her school. I am going to gather her school had none or minimal services, as the family said they have raised the issue with the school. Now this is a fairly new family to Canada. They probably didn’t know they could go to the CBE or maybe they did. I do not know and am only speaking to what i read in the article. However I read it that the Board sees this as an isolated incident. Many don't fall through the cracks. Sadly, that is not the case too many are missing the mark. Not just new to Canada families either. Bullying affects every . In one form or another, either they are the bullied, the bully or the by-stander. Far too many schools DO NOT have anti-bullying measures put in place and if they do they are inadequate to say the least. (Continued on next post)