Growing up was really hard for me, I've been small my whole life and constantly got teased and picked on my whole elementary years, i'm now 41 yrs and still get teased about my height (4"11) and I have 3 school aged children. My oldest daughter is 14 and in 9th grade, i had her moved to my mother in Point Hope, Alaska for school because she was bullied here in our small village Atqasuk, Alaska her whole elementary school years. I have tried everything in my power to stop it, i went to the school and talked with the principal and teachers. Nothing got done so I talked with my daughters father and told him that as soon as our daughter graduated from middle school i would move her to another school. My son is 12 years old and in the 6th grade and he gets bullied. He got kicked in the back once and I had had enough I finally went to the police department and started pressing charges on that bully, repeated talks with the father did not help, he did not do anything about his son bullying my children. During my employment with the North Slope Borough as a Deputy Director to the Mayor, they hold monthly meetings and so at one of the meetings (the meeting is aired live over the airwaves through out the whole north slope) I voiced out my concern about bullying and what we need to do to stop this. This bullying happens all over our villages on the North Slope and seems nothing is being done about it. I have passed this website on my facebook and hope family and friends join in the fight against bullying. Thank you for this site, its a comfort knowing that there is a place to go to on the web and get support.
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