It tears my heart out as a parent to see a child hurting so badly. What pains me even more is how many people don’t understand this is a reality for so many students. This crying, and emotional plea to “not make me go” is what parents across the country are dealing with every single day! A friend of mine had his kindergartener go through this same situation, and he shared with me how heart breaking it was for his son to look him dead in the eyes with tears flooding his cheeks as he asked his dad, his protector,
“Why did you send me to school over and over to let them do this to me?”
This is one of the toughest things I have every heard a parent say. The answer, the parent didn’t have any idea how bad it really was, and even in this video if the child had not have broken down we wouldn’t have seen it as well. Now let me be clear, I am not saying I am a fan of a parenting videoing their child to attempt to get Facebook likes or to go viral for their selfish reason. What I am in favor of is our world getting a glimpse of what our kids are really going through!
Now before we start talking about solutions, let me address the thought that it only happens to elementary students. In fact, people often ask me what age group do I feel my message is best for. Most asking have a slighted view that implies it is probably the younger students or surely middle school. Nope! The truth is I firmly believe our teenagers and especially high schools students are our most at risk group in the country. The biggest difference is elementary students are still looking at mom and dad with total trust and a sense of protection. Middle school students are trying to figure out where they are going and even when things get tough they have high school, being able to drive or their whole life ahead of them and they believe in the possibility of change. With high school students they have formed some of their own opinions, feelings and “realities” of life. High School students are quickly coming to their “edge”. I call this the place where they will make real life decisions for better or worse. The messages I received from students often alarm me…