Adrienne Cirino’s children started their formal education at their neighborhood school, but soon her son started shying away from kindergarten and her daughter had days where she was ducking desks thrown by angry peers.
“I felt scared,” said Layla, who just started seventh grade. “Me and my friends would go in the corner. I didn’t really feel like going to school.”
Always a solid student, Layla’s grades started to suffer.
“My daughter went from an A-B honor roll to getting Fs on tests,” Adrienne recalled. “I try to shelter my kids as much as possible… but they were really exposed to a lot of stuff.”
Her son Jeremiah’s situation worsened, too.
“The bullying my son endured in that school system was ridiculous,” she said. In fact, she added, when he once tried to stand up for himself it backfired and he ended up being suspended. Then he started acting out, which resulted in numerous suspensions.
“They got to the point they didn’t want to go to school anymore,” Adrienne said. “And this was third and fourth grade and that’s way too young to start hating school.”