No surprise, punishing just those three boys didn't stop the teasing. And a new twist, kids have been doing the oh-so-charming schoolyard rhyme:
Chinese (do eye-pulling gesture)After a parent (thanks, Lisa!) called the new teasing to the counselor's attention, the school has come around to our way of thinking.
Japanese (touch your waist)
Dirty knees (think that's why Zoe is sensitive about her knees?)
Look at these (hands cupped at chest level)
Yesterday, Zoe's teacher read the class a story about bullying -- Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully (that probably wouldn't have been my first choice, since the resolution to the bullying was to invite the bully to play, which turned him nice). She then said that there was a problem at the school with bullying. Zoe said students in the class were looking at each other in real surprise, and she just sat there nodding -- she knew. Her teacher also gave the class homework, to answer three questions about bullying. Here are Zoe's answers:
1. What is a bully?Seems like a good start. I wonder if the homework sparked as much discussion in other students' homes as it did in ours?!
A bully is someone who hurts someone else and themselves by teasing them, making fun of them, by leaving out of playing, and hitting and pushing.
2. Who does a bully hurt?
A bully hurts someone who doesn't look like them and they hurt themselves because no one wants to be friends with a bully.
3. What do you do when you see someone being bullied?
I would go tell a grownup like a teacher or a counselor. I would also tell them to stop!