My family recently moved to a new area and my 12 year old started a new school just after the holiday break. He is a great kid who has always had no problem making friends and getting along well with other children. However since going to this school some things are troubling me.
He has come home many days and when telling me about him day gets very emotional. He is and has always been a sensitive boy but he seems to really be one the edge. After digging and pushing we have discovered that he is dealing with some bullying issues. There have been a few different situations that he has talked to us about-boys pushing/bumping him in the hall, making fun of his hair, teasing him about being the new kid etc. DH and I have been a supportive listeners with the advise that it is an adjustment period etc.
Today he came home from school and he was rubbing his thigh alot. I asked him what was wrong and he said he had a bruise...Of course I inquired further and got him to show it to me. It is a HUGE bruise black-purple-red on his upper thigh. The tale unfolds and it turns out it was given by another boy in the school yard when he KICKED my DS.
I am feeling just horrible about this and don't know what to do. My son doesn't want me to talk to the teacher/principal etc because he thinks that it will just make things worse for him. That one kid will tell another and all of a sudden he is the kid who cried to his mom. I asked him what he did and he said he just stopped playing ball and sat down 1-because his leg really hurt and he wanted to cry 2-so that there wasn't any further problem.
I don't know how to react, we haven't ever dealt with anything like this before. I feel so sad for him Please help!