My son has a bully at school. Yesterday he told my son he was going to bring a gun and shoot him. Yes, a 7 year old threatened my 6 year old in a rather disturbing way. We have noticed that our son has been overly anxious this year and knew there was a problem with one of the kids at school, but we had no idea it was this bad. I assumed he was so anxious because both his mom and I have some bad anxiety issues and he just happened to deal with the same thing we do. I’d like to say that I’m not worried that this kid will bring a gun to school, but I didn’t sleep well last night as terrible scenarios rushed through my head. I will answer the first question that probably popped in your head; the school has been notified and they have contacted the parents. I’m hopping that something will be resolved and I’m a little less worried now that the school knows about the extent of the issue. Where do these kids get this from? I don’t remember every being threatened to be shot when I was in Grade 1. Do any of you recall such a threat in early elementary school? Maybe I lived in a sheltered school, I don’t know. I told my son to tell the teachers everything that this child has done to them and not be afraid of getting in trouble for it. He seemed a little better this moring when I dropped him off and hopefully he has a good day. He has enough going against him already (Asthma, peanut and tree nut allergy), he doesn’t need to deal with this too. No child needs to deal with a bully.
On a totally different note, I tried Yoga for the first time last night. I found a DVD my wife had and popped it in. I felt like a fool, but worked through it. I felt pretty good when it was done. My doctor has mentioned it a couple times and I had been resistant to the idea. I think the idea of quieting my mind is what scared me, but if this can teach me some methods to achieve that, I may as well try. If nothing else, I will gain better balance and core strength from it. What is your take on Yoga as a tool to help mental health?