Who do you call when your kid gets bullied? The parents, the school, maybe even the cops? One day, we may be letting our pediatricians know, according to this week’s New York Times. Soon the American Academy of Pediatrics will publish an official policy stating the pediatrician’s role in youth violence. Doctors will be encouraged to get more involved.
On a local playground recently, a mom threatened to call the cops on a young bully, a consequence that might be more common. Recently, a 12-year-old in Montclair was arrested after bullying an 11-year-old on his bicycle.
On the playground, a 6-year-old has been rough with the others, and especially this one 4-year-old. After repeated encounters, the mom of the younger boy yelled at the bully, threatening to call the police if he didn’t cut it out. Of course, when the older boy’s mom found out, she was upset.
Shouldn’t calling the cops be a last resort? What about talking to the bully’s mom first? Or perhaps police involvement is the deterrent bullies–and their parents–need to put an end to kids picking on other kids. What would you do?
Photo by Eddie~S’