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He's Being Bullied.

Hi Mark,

I have chatted to you. My son who is fifteen has failed grade nine and I was getting very concerned about his academic attitude.

After a number of reports from school that he is a disruptive child we seem to have gotten to the bottom of the problem. He is a very sensitive child and does not like to be spoken to in a bad manner or shouted at. What we have discovered is that some boys in his class make it their mission to pick on him to a point that he explodes and gets into a terrible mood. The teacher who brought this to my attention strongly believes that once we can get him to handle all that is thrown at him his academic side will be sorted out.

I have also notice that he also allows his cousins to degrade him and then he will challenge them with some nasty comments. How can I get him to handle this situation?

I have suggested that he must ignore the other kids and think of it as if he is the only child and class with his teacher. To listen to the teacher – even if he does not understand something and only ask the teacher once the lesson is over.

I am hoping for a miracle.

Kind Regards


Hi Lynette,

Your son’s peers are bullying him. Here's the resource page for dealing with bullies:


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