I just found out that a threat was made on Bradley's life at school last week. Bradley (age 13) was was walking down the hall Wed. morning before the first bell of the day. Another boy came up from behind him and said, "Bradley I am going to kill you." He then dug his finger into his jugular vein in the neck and pulled really hard and said, "See Bradley, I can really kill you if I wanted to."
I was out of town on a 2 day conference when this happened. When I got home everyone was at church and the rest of the night was hectic so he forgot to tell me about it. He did tell his dad and he (Tom) insisted that he tell someone the next day.
Another student (sophomore) went with Bradley to the school counselor. Later that day, my daughter, Stephanie saw the intern student counselor walking with the boy in the hallway. She assumed he was being taken to the guidance counselor's office to talk about the incident.
Thursday night, I went to Parent Teacher conferences to pick up report cards for both of my children and saw both the Counselor and Intern student and nothing was said. You would think they would let a parent know about this incident but maybe they assumed Bradley has already told me.
It just so happened that I overheard Bradley talking to Stephanie about the incident and how he was glad he went and talked to someone about the incident. I talked to Bradley and he said he was still scared. He said, he didn't think it was fair that he had to worry about getting hurt at school. He said, "Mom, I go to school to learn, not to be hurt by others."
I asked Bradley what happened with this boy before the incident. This boy is in Study Hall with Bradley. On Tuesday, he was talking to Bradley and Bradley told him, "Please be quiet, I'm trying to work." Then the boy buried his head in his arms on top of his desk for the rest of the study hall. This is the last session of the day.
Maybe I am over-reacting but I am very uneasy about this. I think this is a very serious threat....and it bothers me that the school Counselor did not mention it to me Thursday night.
Ohhh!!! How I wish I could be invisible at times because I would be in his face pulling on his jugular threatening his life, telling him I'm always watching him. Then I would do it to his parents because usually that is where that behavior stems from. My daughter got bullied by girls over a swing set repeatedly. My wife picked her up early one day when they were on the playground went over and with great composure told the girls that she knew everything and that she will be watching them closely and gave them that evil eye. From then on they were very polite with my daughter. Sometimes kids needs discipline of some sort because they don't get it at home. But our society is so screwed up over what is abuse and what is needed that violence has entered our schools because teachers and principles are bullied by parents and lawyers to avoid punishment of any kind. What do you expect? I say back to rulers and paddles in the classroom, or as my parents explained kneeling in course sand for an hour. Kids were much more respectful.