I am a grandmother raising two beautiful grandchildren. The oldest, Meagan, just graduated with honors. She was always very popular in school. Always in athletics. She never wanted to miss school. My grandson is 13 years old. He is overweight, very quiet, not active, and has a disease called Gynecomastia (benign enlargement of breast tissue in males). I noticed this year he did not want to go to school. He always had a headache or stomach ache. He refused to do any kind of athletics. The only thing he wanted to do was band. A couple of months ago I told him he did not have a choice about being in athletics because he needed the exercise. He became very upset. I walked into his room and he was holding a picture of his dad and tears were streaming down his face. He did not cry like that at his dad's funeral. I told his sister what was going on and she went in to talk to him. He told her that he was being made fun of in school. One of the boys that was bullying him had been his best friend since they failed first grade together. His friend would also grab him in his privates when he would go to the water fountain and bend over to get a drink. I talked to him for a long time and let him know how much I loved him. The assistant principal was notified and he talked to Michael. He told him to just ignore them and walk away. This upset me even more and I called the principal and set up a meeting. The parents were notified and the bullying stopped. I am still not satisfied because more needs to be done in the schools. The next child might not have a grandmother like me that will not stop until something is done. Schools are being notified about the bulling and nothing is being done. Children are committing suicide because they cannot take it anymore. This really scares me because this could be my grandson that takes his own life. You would have to see the tears that ran down his cheeks to fully understand the frustration and pain I am feeling now.
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