Thursday, 8 May 2014

Follow Up to A Sister's Reaction to my Brother's Bullying Case

When I mustered up the courage to hit "Publish" on A Sister's Reaction to My Brother's Bullying Case, I didn't know what to expect. I wrote that piece as a response and awareness post, and apart from posting it to Google+ and Facebook, didn't do much else.

So today, I want to thank everyone who has read this piece, plus one-d/liked it, shared it, wrote a comment, wrote an email or just silently supported us. You have no idea how encouraged we are by all your support.

And, I just want to say thank you to those who shared your stories of being bullied as well. I was hoping that bullying wasn't running rampant in Singapore, but sadly there was a lot more bullying that I expected. To all those who shared their experience, you have my utmost respect. Thank you for voicing out as well.

Now, on to the updates about my brother's case.

MOE (Ministry of Education) somehow caught wind of this blog post and they contacted the school about it. I must say, this is way beyond what I've expected and I'm so grateful to everyone who made this happen.

Unfortunately, the school still doesn't see this as a bullying case. I disagree with this very strongly, but if they will not change their position, there is nothing I can do (I can't even go to the school to protest, since I'm stuck in a land 7 hours away by plane). At least my protests were heard by MOE and if it happens again (to any little boy studying there), they cannot claim ignorance anymore.

Personally, I wish for school to take action to get rid of bullying at its root. Also, while I'm talking to the school, please remember this line: 白天不做亏心事,半夜不怕鬼敲门 (translated: If you don't do guilt-inducing things in the day, you won't be scared if a ghost knocks on your door at midnight). If you think I made a mistake in my blog post, you're more than welcome to contact me. I'll even publish your rebuttal on my blog.

A few of you have asked about my brother as well, so here's an update on him.

My brother still feels scared to go to school, as he is afraid that E will complain about him to the teacher and get him into trouble. I have also been told that E has also been told to stay away from Eusebius (this was told to me after I published the first post), so I'm not sure if this was poor communication by the school or something else.

In other news, my brother's been vomiting a lot and having stomach pains, which means he hasn't been able to make it to school. I'm hoping it's just a bug rather than trauma expressing itself. On the bright side, he does seem to be getting over the incident.

And lastly today, my brother went to the Neurological Behavioural Unit. After hearing the story, they referred my brother to the ASD Clinic Intervention Department. I'm not sure what will happen later, but hopefully something good will be coming out of this.

For now, this incident has been brought to a close. I'm really hoping that it will not happen again. Not to my brother, and not to anyone else.

Again, if you're being bullied, do remember to tell someone, and if you need to talk, I'm here!