A Carlyle mother has been dubbed “warrior mom” in a brand new book called “Rae of Hope” by Marianne Curtis after going to battle against bullies for her son.
Jenna Nickie Therens has been very vocal about the dangers of bullying in schools after her 10-year-old son tried to hang himself in late September. She feels her son was bullied by a teacher as well as other students, leading to his depression.
“This one boy was sitting on his chest choking him on the playground and the teachers weren’t seeing it,” said Therens. “I’m not sure where the teachers were.”
Therens says her son’s school has done what they can to make the school day easier for him since the incident, however, he has not felt able to attend the elementary school in nearly two weeks and she is now considering home schooling. She says she doesn’t want to point fingers at the school but wants to be a voice for change and would like to see programs like “No Such Thing as a Bully” implemented in every school in the country.
Therens first shared her son’s bullying problem and suicide attempt through Facebook in mid-October and said she has received over 800 messages of support and many personal stories have been shared, with about two dozen voicing similar problems in the Southeast. She has started a Facebook page called “One for All and All for Everyone” to share personal experiences and find solutions to bullying.
She has a message for parents, “talk to your kids. Just keep talking to your kids; keep that communication line open, it’s so important. When they stop talking that’s really the scariest thing for a parent. And don’t stop, don’t give up, keep fighting for your kids, they need you.”
The province is currently recognizing Bullying Awareness Week.
The original story is here including her amazing radio interview