Friday, November 22, 2019

Even in Childress, Texas.

Bullying happens literally everywhere you look. The schools, workplace, spouse, and even just out in public. The worst I think, we can all agree is when the bullying happens in the schools. I mean, that's where we assume our children are safe correct? So, what if it wasn't? What do you do?? Who do you go to? Or worse, what if your child doesn't tell you that they are being bullied.


I personally have never been bullied, my youngest had been bullied last year, in school and on the internet. Thank goodness I went to the school and they took care of it, it pretty much ended in about a week. My daughter was terrified to walk the hallway, lunch time and during class. But again, the school took care of it, my daughter learned to relax and move on. Not all are so lucky. Case in point,
R.J. Gibbs and his parents, Richard and Sandra Gibbs. They live in a relatively small town in Childress, Texas. I went to middle and high school with Richard in Los Angeles area in southern California. We had a great awesome time in school, I caught up with Richard when he contacted me about this horrible tragedy that his son, R.J. went through and pretty much, the whole town.
R.J. and his best friend were the victims of bullies. They assaulted and intimidated them during school hours in a classroom in particular. These teens (13 years old) were cornered , then punched many times in the classroom's bathroom. Outrageous right? Well, it gets worse, much worse. You see most kids cannot handle this type of conflict, I mean, do you hit back? seek revenge? rat out? take it like a man? So many kids don't want to go to their parents, or school officials so they do not look like a rat. Well, one student took it upon himself to end the bullying. He shot himself with a shotgun. At 13 years of age, done. No graduation, wedding, college, kids, and no more existence. It caused a lot of commotion for the school and the town. At the time of my podcast, Richard couldn't tell me too much. Since then, the school superintendent had been terminated, but not the teacher, who's watch the bullying had happened. She should be fired in my opinion. Sandra Gibbs, has an idea to alert teachers when something is happening to a child. Yes, there's a lot of bugs that need to be addressed and she is working on that, Sandra is trying to come up with something that can make our children safe. This small town of about 6,000 residents, is split with what needs to done to prevent this from happening again and who should be held accountable as far as administrators and teachers. The teens who did the bullying have pled guilty, as of now, I do not know what their sentence will be, or if there will be one. Richard has said his son is currently suffering from anxiety, which is totally understandable.


So how can this be prevented? Beats me. I mean, parents today are busy working, the gym and with household duties. Who's teaching the kids? Who's directing and guiding our future with these kids? I suggested to Sandra for her to hold a community meeting at a neutral place where everyone can come together and brainstorm for ideas for prevention and to heal from this terrible tragedy. It's going to take a strong person to do that, Sandra Gibbs I believe can do that. Yes, she is a mom and believe it or not, a real life trucker. The all-American woman in the heart of Texas. The warning signs are there, pay attention to your child. I knew something was up with my daughter, by the way she was acting. Finally she broke down crying and told me. Get deeply involved. It just might save a life.


Here are a few bits of information that might help.
Stopbullying.gov
Stompoutbullying.org
National suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-8255


Plus contact ALL school officials, State Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, lastly, U.S.Department of Justice, civil right division.


Stay tuned for our podcast Her-Community2 for an additional update with this story. Podcast can be heard on Apple iTunes, Google podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, Beaker, and Castbox.

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