- 5 years ago
So, bees, I’m not really sure if I’m looking for support or advice or what, but my neice is being verbally bullied at school, and my heart is breaking for her, and I just need to vent. She’s seven years old, and is terribly sensitive, and has a hard enough time at home, for reasons I’m not going to get into.
Unfortunately, she’s overweight. Not morbidly obese, but she is chunky. I place the blame on their mother- whenever the girls say they want a snack, my sister opens up a party-sized bag of chips and plops them in front of the TV. Needless to say, it hasn’t fostered healthy eating habits and my youngest neice is showing it.
Recently at school, kids have been picking on her. One kid on the bus told her she was “as big as a whale” and to “get her fat ass out of his way.” Another girl demanded that my neice give up her snack because “she didn’t need it anyways.” These are seven year old kids! Now my mom (who watches them after school until their mom or dad gets off work) is having issues getting her to eat after school. There have been multiple times when my neice will “forget” her snack or lunch money at home.
My sister is going to the school tomorrow, but I’m not entirely sure how much good it’ll do. My mother and I are both concerned that the bullies will start in harder if action is taken, but at the same time we can’t just do nothing.
As her aunt, there’s not much I feel like I can do. It’s her mother’s job to speak to the school, just as it is the school and the other parents’ job to see that the bullies are properly punished. I just feel incredibly helpless right now. I’m absolutely furious at these other children for saying such hurtful things, and my heart is breaking for my neice, who’s already been through enough at home with her uncle dying not even a year ago and everything the family has had to deal with since then. I just don’t know what to do.