In a heart-wrenching note to Love What Matters, Davey details some of what her daughter and their family have been through over the past 7 months.
“Our beautiful girl has been subjected to some awful bullying at school. It’s been a very private 7 months for us, dealing with this, immediate family only,” Leigh Davey wrote.
Davey’s 12-year-old daughter has been a victim of vicious bullying. The bullying has been so severe that Davey’s daughter has been harming herself and has even contemplated suicide.
Davey explains that her daughter has been the victim of vicious social media posts and messages.
The bullying has gotten so out of hand, that Davey has reached out to the bullies herself; however, the parents of the bullies threatened her!
“I’ve had calls from these children calling me an old hag because I’ve defended our daughter, approached parents and pleaded with them to talk with their children and ask them to stop. I’ve even approached the children themselves, but been threatened by parents with harassment.”
Davey even reached out to the school and the Washington Department of Education for help. Their weak attempt at punishing the bullies adds insult to injury. The only punishment the bullies have been issued is to lose free time and lunch privileges. Davey said that the WA Department of Ed was so lax, they suggested ‘You should teach your child how to be resilient against bullies.’
One of the bullies took a video of Davey’s daughter. The video was taken of the girl sitting at her desk with her legs slightly open. The video, which featured a nasty caption, was uploaded to Snapchat.
“I spent 90 mins with the police as they tried to determine if it was photographing and distribution of pornographic material. Yes, a 12 year old can be prosecuted if the content breaches certain criteria. Sadly our daughter’s didn’t, but she was subjected to weeks of ridicule. Repercussions? The girl who posted the video lost her playtime. The person who took the video? Nothing, because no one would tell who it was,” Davey wrote.
The constant bullying has caused Davey’s daughter to start harming herself.
Davey said that her daughter has been sent home from school several times after hurting herself while at school. She explained that her daughter is no longer even allowed to have pencil sharpener at school, as sharpeners have sharp, removable blades that her daughter can harm herself with.
Recently, Davey’s daughter was taken to the hospital and had to meet with psychiatrists and doctors because they found out that the young girl had a plan to commit suicide.
Davey has this message for parents:
“Please, in this awful age of social media (or anti social media as we call it) check your children’s messages. Their devices are a privilege, nothing more, nothing less, so please make sure they are being polite and respectful in their messages. Teach the children to ‘talk’ not use text or social media to air their differences.
“Bullying affects the whole family, not just the bullied. It needs to stop and it needs to stop now! Please feel free to share.”