Tuesday, April 17, 2012
My Son’s Bully Carries a Weapon
This week my son was walking around the neighborhood when he saw a group of kids from school on the opposite side of the street. He was immediately on guard since this group of kids have recently outcasted him and have been provoking him by calling him names and threatening him. Just last week I caught one of the boys, our next door neighbor, yelling at him, “I’m going to get my older brother to kick your ass!”
As my son was passing the group they began to make mean remarks and gestures so my son responded by cussing at them. Then our neighbor boy escalated the situation by chasing our son down with an Airsoft gun.
If you haven’t heard of Airsoft guns, they’re a lot like BB guns. Shooting plastic hard pellets, they’re considered to be a projectile weapon capable of inflicting harm.
Taken from an online source: Extreme care should be used at all times with Airsoft guns, and it’s best to treat Airsoft guns as a real firearm while handling and transporting them, reckless handling of these guns can lead to various ranges of criminal consequences, and worse, physical injury or death. In other words, this is no nerf gun!
As the neighbor boy reached my son, he yelled “I might as well do a head shot!” as he pointed the gun less than 2 feet from my son’s face. Terrified, my son walked backwards with his hands up while the boy followed him until he got close to home.
Once home my son fell apart as his anxiety took over, afraid that our neighbor was going to hurt the whole family with his gun. To say that I was upset was an understatement. But I knew that this was a situation that was best left to my sensible husband since these neighbors have proven themselves in the past to be difficult to talk to and frankly, I don’t know if I could’ve kept my Mama Bear claws in.
I wish that I could report that we reached a positive resolution over this situation, but as predicted, the boy lied to his parents about the whole event until his sister validated our story and he finally confessed. Unfortunately, they didn’t seem fazed by their son’s lying or the fact that he had a weapon pointed at my son’s head. Instead my husband was greeted with the negative attitude of the boy’s mother and harsh words towards our family while the boy’s father stood uncomfortably at the door. In the end, both parties agreed to keep the kids separated and my husband left a warning that the next time their child threatened our son with a weapon, we’ll have the police deal with it.
As much as this situation upsets me, it made me more wary of the future. Middle school is next year and I know that my son is already being viewed as an outcast by his classmates. What’s worse is that the neighbor boy has a lot of influence with my son’s peers. Will my son become a victim of abuse or will he be provoked by these kids until he fights back? Either way, it worries me and validates what we already know, that our son may need alternative schooling. We aren’t going to let these bullies destroy him.
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