What started as a simple phone call with a parent venting about bullying at her daughter’s school has turned into a rallying cry that may just start a movement in Chesterfield County.
It is amazing and heartwarming to see the response my story on bullying is getting. But it is not because my byline is on it. I am happy that parents who thought they were alone or were ready to give up or believed bullying was just something they had to accept are coming together.
To see and hear some of the horrible things these young people are enduring breaks my heart. I have written many stories in my time in the journalism business, and this subject is at the top of the list of being most memorable.
I am glad that Janice Dixon reached out to us and I also glad that me putting the story out there is hopefully leading to some type of resolution to these problems. School should be a safe haven, a place to learn, make friends and experience new things.
I hope the conversations continue — not just among the parents and guardians of the students being bullied, but among administration, staff and elected officials who are responsible for being our children’s protectors and leaders.
What can you all do to change the environment in our schools? Are we so busy trying to make sure the numbers look good and get the end-of-grade scores are where they should be that the well-being of our future leaders is being ignored?
For the parents or guardians of those being bullied, here is the information on how to join the movement.
Search for Moms United Against Bullying on Facebook. There is also an email address set up for parents to share their stories and express their concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The creators of the group say confidentiality and privacy is taken very seriously.
We will continue to follow this story, so feel free to contact me if you have a story to share. The Chronicle does not quote anonymous sources, but we will withhold children’s names and the names of the schools they attend to protect their identities.
Maria D. Grandy is The Cheraw Chronicle’s staff writer, photographer, community news editor and Jill of all journalistic trades. Reach her at 843-537-5261 and email@example.com.