Bullying and the Gifted: Welcome Back to School? based on the following article:
Many gifted students have worries about going back to school due to the fact that they feel as though they don’t “belong” or fit in with their peers. Due to the idea that they portray themselves as a student in isolation compared to their classmates, many of their classmates treat them as though they are “freaks of nature” and the bullying begins.
Some things that cause the gifted students to be bullied by their peers are:
1) They are academically advanced compared to the other kids the same age
2) More emotionally sensitive about what is right and wrong and appear to be perfectionists
3) Have a higher level of sense of humor that their peers do not understand, so therefore jokes are out of the question.
There are things that parents of gifted children should do in order to make their child feel more comfortable at school such as: listening to their concerns about school, educate your child on the reasons why he/she is gifted so they understand it is not a bad thing, relate the situation to times in your own life so they do not feel alone and give them examples on how to deal with the bullying in a kind manner. It is very important for the parents of these students who are being bullied to protected their children and seek help from the school (teachers, counselors, etc…) to end this terrible act.