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February 21, 2004



So sorry about this. Keep us posted. I want to believe that the bully's mother will follow through.


Nancy, your ordeal is harrowing! When my son was hurt at pre-school recently, I kept wanting to turn back the clock so my arms could somehow have been there to catch him. I can only imagine how much worse I would have felt if someone had been violent to him.

I think a lot about how to prevent my son from being a bully. I try to teach compassion and empathy, but will it work?

Your story, especially its end, redeems humanity. Mother to mother.

Marcia Lynx Qualey


This is terrible, and I'm glad to hear you stuck with it until you got through to Deborah's mother.

Of course, I don't have any first-hand knowledge of the topic--six-month-olds don't really get beat on--but at this point, I'm more terrified of getting the "Deborah" phone call.

I was beaten up as a kid, and I expect the same will happen to Isaac once or twice, despite all I'll do to prevent it. (I'm afraid he has "nerd" DNA.) But God, what would I do if a parent called to say Isaac was beating on their child?


Hopefully this matter is dissolved!


Here's a big round of applause for you for sticking up for what's right. Parents must protect their children at all costs. I would have done the exact same thing. It's awful to put your child on a bus believing they are safe only to find out that if the driver is driving safely he/she can not possibly see what is happening on the bus! That's just common sense. Deborah should have been booted off the bus.Shame on the principal for dismissing this as unimportant!!! Constant teasing is a sign the child needs help. I was a child once. I didn't feel the need to constantly tease people.
You are so lucky the mother was helpful in this situation. Some mothers believe anything their darling does is okie dokie with them and that it is YOUR child with the problem. Your daughter now knows you will do whatever you have to in order to protect her. Lucky girl! Good job, Mom!!

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