Sara Posted January 11, 2011 Share Posted January 11, 2011 We moved to France in 2002, my husband and myself had always been francophiles. My husband who was just 40 then had to stop working due to ill health. We decided to move to Normandy so that we could drive back to England to see his specialist as often as required. In 2003 after years of trying we were blessed in having a baby boy. When he was 3 he started the local private maternal school. Jacques was always a very friendly little boy and always tried to be friends with everyone, despite obviously the language difference at that age. Even at that age I sensed an unfriendliness with some of the children as Jac would wave, smile and say "bonjour" and in return he would just get a' blank face look' back at him.Four years later the children that just used to stare at him or call him names now are developing an alarming tendancy to sometimes kick, punch or call him stupid!! There are 9 boys and 8 girls in his class. Four boys out of the 9 are turning into bullies and are the ones who are calling him names & sometimes push, kick or punch him, 2 call him names etc. and 3 just look at him and ignore him. He used to have a good friend (friend for the last 4 years) but when all the children played together someone would tell Jac 'to go away!!' His friend now plays with Jac's bullies. The girls being girls don't play with boys and either just ignore him or call him names ( rubbish...etc...)Jac is now a quieter little boy and recently has had problems sleeping over this situation. Jac's school work is good and all the teachers have been pleased with him. He is tested twice a week on spelling, maths or verbs and he nearly always gets an A. (So I no he is not stupid !)lI think this annoys the children.The teacher is very supportive I have been keeping her informed since September, but unfortunately the situation seems to be deteriorating further. Last Friday Jac had been kicked in the playground just before lessons the teacher witnessed this. She made him the particular boy say sorry to Jac but in the space of just 1 hour whilst in the local church (for a festive celebration) the same boy & others were kicking Jac from behind and once again calling him names. I told the teacher about this further incident & I am now planning to speak with the head mistress. Jac plucked up the courage, confronted the group of bullies in the playground & made them aware that if his is punched or kicked again his mother will tell the headmistress immediately. This took some courage on his part.Jac has just made a recent & new friend who is in the other class of CE1- I am hoping the bullies do not try and stop this new friendship!I cannot believe this is a local problem confined to just this part of Normandy. I have a suspicion that the bullying is started by certain parents making negative comments about foreigners living here. I believe that where I live they are becomming xenophobic!! A great shame, not my dream of France.Has anyone on this forum experienced anything similar?Sara Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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