When I was a kid, I was teased.
I was awkward - I wore glasses, had terrible teeth, and liked odd clothing.
So, naturally, some of the other kids picked on me. I won't go into specifics, it was so very long ago, and in the end, it doesn't matter.
But, I've been thinking about it recently.
My sweet, funny, smart and perfect daughter was teased.
Nothing bad - some of the girls in her class were picking on her lunch.
And it did.
So I sent an email to her teacher. Mrs. B called me the next day, (on election day) and told me the school had a no-bullying policy. That she would speak to the kids when everyone was back in class. She reported back to me too - and I heard Claire's side of things. The three girls were asked to talk together, each got to say their piece, and it was resolved. They were also asked to stand in front of the class as an example of how bullying could be resolved.
And, most important, I am happy to report that no one has made a peep about Claire's lunch ever since.