Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Son is teased over his weight

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem

My son has always been a bit overweight, but he’s really not fat.

He’s eight-years-old and the other children at his school have started to bully him and call him names — now he doesn’t want to go to school anymore. I’ve tried talking to his teacher but she says the school doesn't have a bullying problem and won’t do anything about it. BU

FIONA SAYS: TALK TO SCHOOL’S HEAD

At one time bullying was seen as an unfortunate but inevitable part of school life, but that's no longer the case.

Bullying can have a devastating effect on the victim and it's unacceptable for those in authority to allow it to continue.

Make an appointment to see the head teacher. It would be quite understandable if you went to the meeting feeling upset and angry, but try to stay calm.

Ask to see the school's anti-bullying programme, such as those offered by Kidscape and BeatBullying, to see whether there are any policies in place that will help resolve the problem.

There is also a lot of advice and information on the Department of Education's website too.

The only way to stop bullying is for everyone to understand how unacceptable it is and for the school to have an ethos and culture that respects everyone in it.

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