Background - DS is 6yo and recently started a summer camp program. The age range of this camp is K through 6th.
DS mentioned to me that two boys are teasing him and making fun of his name (nothing physical as far as I know) and he has to tell the teachers so they stop.
Two different staff members also mentioned this to me. I have a lot of faith in Staff Member A. She told me as much as she could about the situation, their plans for stopping the teasing and what steps they will take if the boys don't stop the behavior. She even went so far as to use the word "bullying". I don't have much faith in Staff Member B as she doesn't seem very interested in her job in general. I have known both women for 6 years as they worked for DS's daycare and preschool. The current summer camp is run by the same organization.
I am struggling with how to handle this. The mama bear in me is going nuts because I want results and it to stop now. The rational part of me realizes kids are prone to unpleasants behaviors and sometimes it takes a while and different tactics to get results.
I don't know the ages of the teasers. It is against the program's policy to give me specific details. If they are the same age as DS, I can sort of consider it just little kids being silly and not fully understanding how it hurts DS's feelings. If is older kids, I want it wring their necks. (not literally but you know what I mean)
When I asked DS about this, he immediately shuts down and tells me he doesn't want to talk about it.
At home and in his interactions with family, friends and the general public, he is a rather assertive little kids so I am a little surprised he is being timid with the teasers at camp, which makes me wonder if he is scared of these boys.
Any thoughts or advice on how to handle with with DS as well as with the camp? Any insight on why a normally assert kid would shut down in the face of teasing/bullying?