If you've been reading this blog, you know I don't usually share personal stories here. However, this happened yesterday, and I thought I would share it with you; especially if you've been thinking of pulling your kids out of public school. First, let's take a look at the back story.
This post is about my son, Matthew, who attended Foundations Christian School last year. At the beginning of the school year this year, Matt told me that he wanted to go to public school for his seventh grade year. I was a little hesitant, but I said he could. He started attending Broadway Academy, and I prayed that everything would be OK. He'd had problems with bullying in the past, and I wasn't sure what drew him to want to go to public school, but he seemed adamant that it was what he wanted.
Yesterday, I received a phone call from the school nurse. She wanted to let me know that Matt was OK, but that he had been slapped in the face by a girl who had a hand full of hand sanitizer. He got some in his eye, and his cheek was pretty red, but other than that he was OK. A little while later, I got a phone call from one of the school's Sheriffs. He wanted to let me know that they had had trouble with this girl in the past, and the school had reviewed video of the incident. She was hiding behind a door, ready to hit the first person she saw. Matt just happened to be the unlucky one to walk through the door at that time. He didn't know her, and he said he didn't even know her name. She was a complete stranger to him. Once she slapped him, she laughed and ran down the hall.
The Sheriff assured me that this situation was being taken care of. The girl would be suspended and she would be "charged" with attempted assault, and would appear before the Youth Court. Matt's eye was washed out, and he didn't have any damage. However, they called it "assault" because they considered the hand sanitizer to be a weapon because it contained alcohol.
This is the type of thing that happens in public schools. This is also why I'm happy that my four-year-old will never have to endure this type of behavior in school. Maybe you don't know much about Foundations Christian School, but it's different. The kids are taught respect, integrity and love for each other. They're taught to value each other as friends, and if you see them all together, it's kind of like they're their own little family. It's a wonderful atmosphere, and I would recommend it to anyone who was looking for an alternative option for school for their kids.
Perhaps your child has had a similar situation with bullying in public school. In this situation, the school officials and the police did the right thing, and they're taking care of it. However, that's not always the case. Many instances of bullying get overlooked by the school, or they happen over social media, where the school isn't watching. If your child is suffering, my heart goes out to you as a Mom who understands. I write this post to you, to let you know there is another way for your child to receive his or her education.
Contact us about enrolling your child in Foundations Christian School. We'd love to talk with you, and our administrators are there to answer your questions. Bullying isn't allowed here, and your child will receive the love and acceptance that only a Christian school can offer.
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