The parents of an eight-year-old Halifax boy who say he has been relentlessly bullied want him to be transferred to another school, but officials say that isn't necessary.
Connor Eisenhauer, a Grade 3 student at Rockingstone Heights School in Spryfield, has been the victim of bullies at least twice a week, his parents say.
Once, on the walk home from school, another child "kicked me in the face and chipped my teeth," Connor said Tuesday. "It really hurt."
But officials at Connor's school say a transfer isn't the answer, his mother, Christina Eisenhauer, said Tuesday after meeting with vice-principal Trina Canavan.
For now, the school is going to allow Connor to leave five minutes early, Eisenhauer said. This will give him a head start so he can get home before bullies reach him.
But the early dismissal time doesn't satisfy Connor's mom.
"I'm just to the point where it's emotionally stressful for me" Eisenhauer said. " Like this morning, when I was up there talking to Ms. Canavan, I literally broke down crying, telling her, like, my son comes home in tears telling me he's scared to go to school.
"I've had enough of it, and I know he's had enough of it."
There have been meetings with the school principal, and even the police, but the bullying hasn't stopped.
If you were routinely assaulted at your workplace, there'd be hell to pay. Perhaps the term "bullied" is minimizing and detracts from what is actually occuring: the routine physical assault and abuse of child.
Maybe then the criminally negligent morons they're calling school officials might suggest something more assertive that letting the kid go 5 minutes early like some sick version of "The Running Man".