Something positive has come out of this experience.

We pulled Kerri out of her old school because they refused to address the bullying problem that had been going on for the last three years. And today, I received that school's November newsletter. And was surprised to see this right on the front page:

In November, we are focusing on our character education and anti-bullying campaign. Throughout the month, all classes will be involved in learning about safe schools and about strategies to reduce and address bullying. With the use of Pawsitive Paws, tokens, coupons and announcements, we will also continue to celebrate our efforts to create a safe and happy place to learn and grow. The week of November 15th is officially recognized as anti-bullying week. During that week, we will host an assembly where all students will take the “Anti-Bullying Pledge” and participate in various activities. We will post a copy of the song lyrics and of the pledge on our website. Please feel free to review their content with your child.

The government...has published this brochure for parents on bullying. They have defined bullying in the brochure:

Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Follow the link below or contact the school office for a printed copy.

I am so very proud of Kerri for speaking out against bullying. I am glad she is no longer in that school, and no longer a victim of bullying. And tonight I told her, that thanks to her courage, every child in her old school will now learn about bullying and what to do if it happens. And I also told Kerri that I am so very proud of her for being brave enough to confront bullying, when so many in that school refused to even acknowledge it.

Life with Kerri reminds me that anyone can make a difference and do something good. And that includes my 6 year old, beautiful, and brave daughter Kerri.