All of this comes on the heels of an emotional occurrence at school last week. As I arrived at school to pick Hank up, another mother, (who’s child has bullied Hank in the past) stopped to tell me that her son told her there was writing on the bathroom walls, and it is signed by Hank Gibbs. “What?” I exclaimed, “Hank would never do that!” “Oh, my son said the writing wasn’t Hank’s.” OK…well the school hadn’t called me, so it must not be that big a deal, I thought….I thanked her for letting me know and continued on.
As if Hank hasn’t been through enough….now he is being picked on from an unknown assailant who doesn’t have the guts to do it to his face. Jeff talked with Hank about it before school, giving him pointers on how to protect himself. He takes karate for a reason! And I told the administration that after giving someone ample warning by asking them to leave him alone…he has our permission to physically stop the bullying. We’ll take our lumps…but our kid WILL stand up for himself! Jesus said to “turn the other cheek.” But we only have two cheeks and sometimes meekness is mistaken for weakness (I stole that line from a guy at karate)…Someone is in for huge surprise at some point…when Hank decides enough is enough!