NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A ten-year-old, who doesn’t want us to use his real name, has dealt with bullying from the time he started school.
“No one wants to get called names or hit. It hurt,” said the boy. “When I went to school kids would call me idiot. They would not be nice to me. They would call me names.” He says a group of kids threatened him.
“They said they were going to put the knives in the backpack and kill me at school and If they couldn’t do that they would go to my house when I was asleep and kill me there,” he adds.
The boy says it started when he was young. “In second grade, this kid tormented me. He followed me around calling me names. He called me an idiot, he called me a jerk,” the boy added.
The ten-year-old dreaded going to school and said the bullying went on all the time from the start of school, to after school.
“He bullied me. He wouldn’t really target me at school. He targeted me a bit at school but mostly in aftercare,” the boy said.
“This is a serous problem,” said Joe Bango, the founder of Connecticut Kids First.
Joe Bango’s son was also a victim of a bully.
“Bullies can go ahead and be disciplined in one venue but be free and be able to taunt that child or other children and the others,” Bango added.
He founded Connecticut Kids First to give parents a resource for those who don’t know their options.
“I found out that my son was a victim of bullying after receiving a phone call from the school counselor and after arriving at the school I found that my kids was very distraught,” said Bango.
He says after a child is bullied they can lose trust.
“It affects their trust. Their trust level has been disrupted. They don’t know which way they can go or who they can confide, said Bango. “Parents don’t normally know how to handle a situation like this if they’ve never dealt with it before. It’s all new territory.”
It’s those experiences the ten year old wishes he never had.
“Kids would threaten me with knives, but most of the kids would threaten me. Second grade the kid kicked me,” he said.
But even with everything he’s been through, this victim of bullying has a little advice. “I think they should tell the parents because the parents could get it dealt with.”