As a form of childhood adversity, bullying is a major issue many kids suffer from, this wrong behavior includes aggression that is physical (hitting, tripping), verbal (name calling, teasing), or relational/social (spreading rumors, leaving out of group). Bullying can also occur through the use of technology, which is called electronic bullying or cyberbullying. A young person can be a perpetrator, a victim, or both (also known as “bully/victim”).
Bullying is widespread in the United States mostly among youths. Despite implementing anti-bullying prevention programs in almost every school within the United States, Europe, and some initiatives in low-income countries, yet bullying is more pervasive problems in schools than any other problems.
Kerri Arnold has been forced to speak out against her own child’s bullies, sharing footage of her daughter after a tough day at school. Arnold’s 12-year-old, Aalyha, can be seen fighting off tears due to a day of torment.
Much like Quaden, Aalyha is different from other children. She suffers from Angelman Syndrome, a rare disorder that can cause learning difficulties and problems with speech.
Aalyha is fully non-verbal and so attends a school in her hometown of Hamilton that caters for children with special needs.
Even there, however, bullies are present. As per her momther, Aalyha was the victim of bullying this past Monday.
Kerri was called to the school and filmed the aftermath of the incident involving her daughter so that the reality of the situation could be made clear.
The video shows Aalyha sitting in her car, holding back tears and visibly distressed.
Kerri says in the clip: “Today, at approximately 1:30, I was phoned by her school, and she has been a victim of bullying.”
She continues: “This young boy has scratched her eye, bit the side of her face, scratched her arm, and she’s got scratches on her back.”
“Aalyha is non-verbal. She’s always happy. It pains me to see my little girl so upset.”
Kerri spoke to 7 News in Australia, explaining that the school had said Aalyha was simply mixed up in an altercation.
“She [the teacher] told me Aalyha got in the way of another student,” she said. “But let’s be real here, Aalyha was attacked.”
This isn’t the first time Aalyha has found herself a victim of torment, either. The school has reportedly suspended her attacker, though it will be some time before she’s recovered from the psychological trauma.
“One of the long term teachers expressed to me her disgust and apologized for the student’s behaviour and advised me that she has requested the boy be stood down,” Kerri said.
“I am happy to see action and some justice.”
So far, Kerri’s video has been seen by almost one million people, with thousands of commenters sending her daughter messages of support.
Watch Kerri’s video below:
STAND UP STEP INToday at 1:30pm I was called and informed my 12yr. old daughter head been hurt.The teacher that called me told me Aalyha got in the way of another student, he had scratched her and bit her. But lets be real here, Aalyha was attacked.My daughter Aalyha goes to a special school in Hamilton New Zealand that she has attended since she was 5yr old..Aalyha suffers from a rare syndrome called angelmans syndrome.This is a rear syndrome that affects all areas of her life and ability to defend herself at all.I have spoken to the principal and the boy will be stood down for the rest of the week following this horrible event.1 of the long term teachers Expressed to me her disgust and apologized for the students behaviour and advised me that she has requested the boy be stood down.I am happy to see action and some justice.But people.This starts at home.Ps- this is NOT the first time Aalyha has been bullyed.2 years ago Aalyha was bullied by another student, Aalyha was pushed over, bitten, pushing into a glass window where she broke her front tooth and fractured her nose…STAND UP —- STEP INEducate our tamariki Do your bit at home parentsDo your bit at school teachers….
Gepostet von Kerri Arnold am Montag, 2. März 2020
I will never understand how bullying on this scale can be allowed to take place. We must take a stand against this vice and root it out before it’s able to grow and cause serious damage.
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