Bullying in schools is an issue that affects one in five children. These numbers are devastating and speak volumes about the failure to educate our children to treat others with respect.
Bullying comes in the form of constant teasing, spreading rumors about the victim, attacking by hitting or yelling, and more.
The victims of bullying are affected to the extent that it leaves mark in their life years after the attacks take place. It undermines their self-confidence and they may starts seeing themselves as less worth than the rest of the peers.
Some of the consequences of bullying that the person affected experiences are the following: social isolation, sleeping problems, depression, anxiety, psychosomatic symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches, poor school performance, and in a worst case scenario, even suicide.
Sofia Golledge is only six years old, and she has experienced the devastating effects of being a victim of bullying. This young girl developed severe anxiety, and her mother Carrie shares her story.
Every day of Sophia’s life was a struggle. She would spend hours crying and gathering strength to return to school the following day.
“Things were so bad by the end of the summer term that Sophia was out of school for a couple of weeks because her sickness was so severe — she would be up all night and vomiting 20 times an hour,” the mother told The Mirror.
Ultimately, Sophia’s entire body gave up — all because of her classmates’ constant bullying and harassment.
“She’d be in so much pain and because her upset stomach was so violent, it would lead to a water infection and her body struggled,” the mom added. “We’ve had her in hospital with high fevers which they’ve struggled to control.”
Carrie posted the story along with a picture of her daughter feeling exhausted in the hospital bed.
“This is what bullying does…
This is my 6 year old daughter, hospitalised, due to bullying… This is my child with such a caring heart that despite being so ill “doesn’t want anyone to get in trouble”… This is my child who has stopped eating, has cried herself to sleep, had anxiety so severe she’s up sick over 20 times in an hour through the night… This is my child whose ‘best friend’ has emotionally abused her for so long she thought it was normal… This is my child who has been in and out of hospital for countless trips due to being so sick with anxiety…
This is my child who was told off for ‘telling tales at school’… This is my child who has been mocked on social media by the bullies parents for just having such a pure heart… This is my child who when addressing the issues with her school we were told “Its just 6 year olds being 6 year olds”… This is my child who was told by the school she should be the one feeling ashamed and be snuck in a side door of a morning…
This is my child who her school failed her so badly that we had to move her schools… This is my child who is one of too many that are going through this… This is my child whose story is being twisted and manipulated by the very people that were meant to protect her at her school when she was in their care… This is my child who doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else. So this is my child’s story we are sharing but she is one of many….too many!
Please help us share her story. Lets show her the support her school couldn’t afford her.”
Apparently, the parents took Sophia to another school where she found new friends. She is now much happier and healthier. However, the problem with bullying has to be addressed by every single school, because moving from one school to another is not a permanent solution.
Please share this story to raise awareness of what bullying does to young kids. We should all take part in the fight against this damaging behavior that may affect any child out there.