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From Janis, child's age 12
I need advice from you parents, please! On Tuesday I called to my son Paul's school to pick him up. He had been in a fight in the lunchroom. The next day we (Paul, myself, and my brother, Paul's uncle) went to meet with the assistant principal. All the boys involved are in 7th grade. There is a bully who made has been making fun of one of Paul's friends (Lane) since Lane transferred to the school last fall. Lane is very fat. The bully (Ricky) makes fun of him and other overweight kids (boys and girls) all the time
We were told by the counselor that on Tuesday (according to witnesses), Lane started to cry because Ricky was so mean. My son Paul stood up and told Ricky to stop. Ricky said "Are you going to make me?". Paul said he would if Ricky punched him first. Ricky did and the two boys ended up wrestling on the lunchroom floor. My son ended up on top. The counselor told us that Paul's story matched what other witnesses said. When we met with the assistant principal, she told us that Paul would be suspended from the wrestling team for the next 4 weeks because the school has a strict "no violence" policy and my son challenged Ricky to the fight! (Paul told us he challenged Ricky to punch first so he---Paul---wouldn't be blamed for starting the fight.) She would not tell us if Ricky has any punishment. She also said that Paul is so big for his age (5'6.5", 225 lbs)that Ricky felt intimidated by him!!!!! I can't get over this. My son comes to the defense of another student and he is made to seem the bad kid. Paul told his uncle and me afterwards that he and his friends (most of whom are chubby/fat) get made fun of all the time and finally he had enough of it and that's how he came to challenge Ricky and that most of the other students are happy he won the fight because maybe now Ricky will keep quiet. Any comments or advice?