“If only you knew how mean she really is... You'd know that I'm not allowed to wear hoop earrings, right? Yeah! Two years ago she told me hoop earrings were *her* thing and I wasn't allowed to wear them anymore. And then for Hannakuh my parents got this pair of really expensive white gold hoops and I had to pretend like I didn't even like them and... it was so sad.” From the 2004 movie “Mean Girls.”
Bullying: Using superior strength or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her to do what you want.
First, parents need to inform their child’s teacher that this is happening. Then teachers must get involved quickly. An important goal is to strengthen the child’s standing with their classmates. If a child has at least one good friend at school they are less likely to be bullied.
Here are a few ideas: