The Kindergarten Bully
My daughter has been in public school kindergarten for a little more than a month. Every morning, I relish the short time in which I am allowed to go into her room, and join her in her early school routine, which includes hanging up her coat and backpack in her cubby, putting her picture up on an attendance chart, dropping off her folder and signing her name on a big sheet of paper.
A bully? In kindergarten? She's barely started to make her mark in the school world and already she's practically the lead in her own ABC after school special? I was floored. I was worried. I was saddened. I wanted the name of this kindergarten bully so I could go take care of her...myself.
The teacher told me what she'd done to handle the situation, and I was relieved to hear that she'd taken it seriously, explaining to both of the girls that this was unacceptable and that there would be consequences for the bullying girl's actions. Together, we re-emphasized to my daughter that this girl was wrong, and that if it ever happened again she should tell a teacher, another adult or a parent right away.
Then I called Emma's mother to talk to her about the situation. I was surprised to learn that Emma lives in the same building as the bully. They've walked to school together, and played together a few times. As Emma's mother relayed the information she'd gotten out of Emma about what happened, it became somewhat apparent that this may have been a case of jealousy from the bullying girl over Emma and Jade playing together in the playground. Not that that excused the threat, but at least it explained a bit more why it happened.Continued on the next page