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A Village Terrorised
15 September 2019 @ 12:27

A Village Terrorised  


Time went by, Dad had been and went, the house was almost liveable. 

Dad had not been overly impressed by our new home, but he loved the village and the local people even with the communication barrier, made us all feel welcome.

The house directly in front of our new home was being renovated, as they took the old roof of our home became full of dust, dust that got into everything and was impossible to remove. It sat heavy on my chest giving the most hellish cough, nothing could be done apart from live with it.

The girls were enjoying school apart from one aspect, the two other English kids. These children were from a troubled background and it showed in their behaviour. They had tried to create an English Spanish divide in the little school but my girls didn’t want to know. When they wouldn’t comply things took a nasty turn.

I had to communicate with the school somehow, so spent hours with the English to Spanish dictionary writing a letter explaining the situation and asking if where possible my kids could be kept away from them. I understood that it was impossible to keep them away at break times but if I could at least make the school aware they could move them in the classroom.

Things went from bad to worse, when I was called into school because Loreena had been cornered in the toilet and now had a black eye. The English girl was responsible and the school would deal with it.

The problems with these two children were escalating in the village with them running riot and even torturing and murdering cats. 

It was a far cry from what I had hoped Spanish life would be like. The whole community was up in arms and before long the authorities were involved. It wasn’t long before the family left our village and returned to the UK. 

Bringing a new sense of peace to the village.

It is my hope that the family got all the help they needed in the Uk to turn their lives around and become the people I know that could have been. 

To see children struggle in such a way is so horrible.





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marcbernard said:
15 September 2019 @ 17:58

Use of Google Translate would make letter writing so much easier, if one's Spanish is lacking. Adding "translation via Google" to the end would cover any errors on their part!

EErica said:
17 September 2019 @ 15:41

What a horrible situation, for you and the kids!! It's usually quite a difficult situation to intervene, as the ill-doings, actual wording used in the situation(s) often can't be proved and kids don't WANT parents or teachers to intervene in fear they would be bullied even more! I'm sure children are often just victims of circumstances or having parents, who lack understanding or have no knowledge how to bring up their children. Or plainly have too much to deal with their own problems! These problems are global - unfortunately - and don't seem to diminish in any way, quite the opposite. Let's hope that your kids will get over the bullying and life will calm down ...and like you so wisely put it: let's hope the family will be able to turn around their lives and things will improve for them back in UK. Have a brighter autumn and all the best for you and your girls!

pjck said:
21 September 2019 @ 12:32

It's all caused by huge tolerance and even protecting criminals, especially those young ones, in the UK.

Dave11 said:
21 September 2019 @ 14:49

If the parents don't care what their children's behaviour is like or the problems that makes for others - it's a sorry world. I guess they are now back in the UK terrorising another town. We all know where they will end up - one of two places......

21 September 2019 @ 17:25

Not sure what this is. Is it just a short story? Part of an on-going diary entry or what? Starts off about dad, then dust, then nasty English girls. Either way not very interesting. Which school was it ( if not just a story) and what year was it?

samm3333 said:
22 September 2019 @ 12:53

Thank you all for taking the time to comment.
This blog is my memoir, the situation I wrote about here took place 11 years ago. My girls did get over the event and continued at the school for four years with no other bullying issues, thankfully.
Google translate is a wonderful tool, however, it was not available to me 11 years ago, hence the dictionary.
Manxmonkey, very sorry that you don't find my blog interesting, I am just someone telling my story, my hope is that some people enjoy it.
Thank you again for both reading and commenting it is very much appreciated.

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