Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Menace on the Playground

C. B. Gavant

Suddenly, he’s quiet and withdrawn. It’s a battle to get him out the door each morning. He comes home with ripped pants and a sullen face. What’s happening to your little boy? The class bully may be responsible for this sorry transformation.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Third-grader Michoel Barenbaum* has a problem. His car pool drops him off at school twenty minutes before the bell rings. There aren’t any teachers on the playground at that hour, but there are other kids, including hulking Heshy Stein. And Heshy has a nasty habit of picking up younger and smaller kids and sticking them upside down into the huge garbage can near the school’s front doors.

It’s already happened to Michoel more than once. He tells his mother his glasses broke at recess. He cleans his jacket and yarmulke as best he can. But he can’t do anything about the bruised feelings and the increasing sense of isolation that overwhelm him.

Michoel is alone in his suffering, but he’s not the only child suffering from such experiences. According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 10 percent of children in the United States are bullied on a regular basis, and the statistics are unfortunately not much better in frum schools. What is bullying, and what can a parent or child facing such a situation do about it?


To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription.

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

The Fortunes of War
Rabbi Moshe Grylak We’re still feeling the fallout of the First World War
Some Lessons, But Few Portents
Yonoson Rosenblum What the midterms tell us about 2020
Vote of Confidence
Eyan Kobre Why I tuned in to the liberal radio station
5 out of 10
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Top 5 Moments of the Kinus
Day in the Life
Rachel Bachrach Chaim White of KC Kosher Co-op
When Less is More
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman How a good edit enhances a manuscript
It’s My Job
Jacob L. Freedman “Will you force me to take meds?”
They’re Still Playing My Song?
Riki Goldstein Yitzy Bald’s Yerav Na
Yisroel Werdyger Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein Ahrele Samet’s Loi Luni
Double Chords of Hope
Riki Goldstein You never know how far your music can go
Will Dedi Have the Last Laugh?
Dovid N. Golding Dedi and Ding go way back
Battle of the Budge
Faigy Peritzman Using stubbornness to grow in ruchniyus
The Challenging Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Strategies for raising the difficult child
Bucking the Trend
Sara Eisemann If I skip sem, will I get a good shidduch?
The Musician: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer "If she can't read she'll be handicapped for life!"