We live in a very small farming area just outside of a small resort town. The school is very small- with 14-20 kids per class... and it was the only option for our kids. My Daughter, now 14, had been teased and bullied since 4th grade by her entire class.......as I said, it is a small school with less than 200 Kids and it is K-12! So the kids all know each other from day one till graduation. It started with the 5th grade teacher who did not like the fact that DD was a "Special needs" child in her class... and that I outspokenly did not approve of her "Authoritarian" approach to reprimanding the kids for EVERYTHING... from not looking at her when she was speaking to crying after being bullied/hurt on the playground. My daughter has Aspergers, but is VERY high functioning, and is mostly just easily distracted and highly emotional.... so this nasty woman took particular delight in using her as an example of what NOT to be like to the other kids. I walked in unexpectedly one time when My DD was at the front of the room bawling, being held fiercely by the arm and this "teacher" shrieking..."See-- this is why we don't like Mary-- she's different than us, she's a crybaby and will never be good at anything...... Words that I still hear from DD about herself to this day... I walked in and grabbed my daughter and went directly to the principle (who is also the superintendent--) Who called a meeting.. things seemed to get better for a while, but DD was having nightmares and afraid to go to school. The Kids began calling her "Crybaby", "Retard" etc.... and if she cried, it made it worse.. so she became extremely introverted and unresponsive. and, with her Aspergers, became severely depressed and had ulcers! Come to find out-- it was escalating.. her belongings being taken, she was even being physically attacked. Despite it all, the teachers really liked her and she tried like heck to keep her grades up, but they were steadily going downhill. This went on for 4 years-- all the while many of the teachers trying their best to watch for problems, but not seeing/hearing what happened outside of class.... FINALLY we found that there is a different school that would actually put her on their bus route! SO now, she is in a MUCH bigger school with a LOT of Farm Kids (Instead of the designer-jean clan from the other "in" school)..sure-- she has to ride nearly an hour to school on an overcrowded bus--- but everyone is NICE to her and accepts her "as-is"! I see the kids there, some in farm clothes, some preppy, some Goth or rock & Roll-- all hanging out together accepting people for who they are. It is SO kewl! She's only been there since the start of this school year, but already has a group of good friends (Good kids too- have met a few and their folks!) and even a few boys are noticing her! She has shared pictures and stories about her Chicken-0babies with them, and found MANY of the kids there have chickens too! She has joined the Choir, debate team and is trying-out for the play! NOT TO MENTION-- All "A's" And B+'s" on her 1st report card today!!!! NEVER EVER Assume teasing is "just a phase" and kids can "Take it"... we've had 2 kids in the community take their own lives due to bullying, and many more that "act-out" or self medicate with drugs and alchohol.... worse-- it can escalate to retaliation and violence. If your child is being teased or bullied--DO something about it! Most States have a "Zero Tolerance" Bullying law... get involved, and help if you know of other kids being effected.... I'm not saying to fight all their battles, but when it's one against many, or violence / humiliation is involved, parents MUST step up and take charge and help their child. Even if it means driving further, etc. on your part-- sometimes changing schools is the only option. Get professional help if need-be.... we did (Due to the bleeding ulcers and sudden talk of dying etc...) It can't be ignored... and you CAN make a huge difference in your child's education, and in their Life by stepping in and letting them know things can be better, and that YOU care!