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DD attracted to girl in her friendship group - ostracised

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ChocolateJam Thu 28-Apr-16 19:03:33

DD(13) told a girl in her friendship group that she likes her. The girl reacted in horror and called her a pervert. The rest of the group has now pushed DD out and everybody has deleted her number from their phones. I think this will blow over but for now it is of course a major crisis. She doesn't want to go to school tomorrow and face them. Our usual rule is that unless you're very sick or injured, when it's a school day you go to school. However tomorrow they probably won't do a great deal at school, she fell and hurt her wrist and leg, and the friend thing means she will have to hide in the bathrooms at break (according to her). Should I let her stay home? What other advice can I give her?

QuiteLikely5 Thu 28-Apr-16 19:07:27

Liked her in what way? A sexual way, if so did she make that explicitly clear if not she needs to send a text stating it was not meant the way she has taken it

I think she really, really needs to back track

Other option is to approach the parents if you can and explain it was a mix up

Young minds just don't have the maturity to deal with this type of approach from a same sex situation

Spandexpants007 Thu 28-Apr-16 19:07:38

Stress is also an illness

Keep her home tomorrow. Ring the school. Explain the situation to pastoral care. Ask them to deal with it and get back to you.

rightmywrongs Thu 28-Apr-16 19:07:54

I would encourage her to face it tomorrow, head held high.
Sitting at home worrying what the rest of the group are saying / doing will be way worse & then there's the whole weekend.
It will probably seem a way bigger mountain to climb on Monday morning.

HarleyQuinneee Thu 28-Apr-16 19:09:44

Don't tell her to back track. That gives the impression she did something wrong by being open about her feelings. She did nothing wrong. This 'friend' is not a nice person.

Spandexpants007 Thu 28-Apr-16 19:11:00

Sending a text back tracking is a great idea though. Get her too minimise to the girls

However also let her know its fine to have feelings for either sex but it takes a little maturity to know when to raise such topics

HarleyQuinneee Thu 28-Apr-16 19:11:28

I told my friends in school I was bisexual. Luckily they were much more understanding. Are there any local LGBTQ teen communities?
I'm now in a very happy same sex relationship.

Spandexpants007 Thu 28-Apr-16 19:12:33

What does your DD want to do?

ChocolateJam Thu 28-Apr-16 19:15:16

She already tried to tell them it was only a joke but they didn't believe her.

ChocolateJam Thu 28-Apr-16 19:16:11

It wasn't a joke, it seems she is really attracted to this girl.

Spandexpants007 Thu 28-Apr-16 19:17:02

Stupid response from the girl. She should have been more considerate if she's a good friend

MissMillament Thu 28-Apr-16 19:19:28

There is no way your daughter should feel obliged to backtrack or minimise. Her 'friends' bullying behaviour is the issue here and it needs to be dealt with by the pastoral team - homophobic bullying is taken seriously in most schools now (and should be in all). Does the school have an LGBT club or other safe space? She needs to be clear that there is absolutely nothing with what she did and that she is entitled to the same protection from bullying as any other pupi.

KindDogsTail Thu 28-Apr-16 19:20:57

DId she actually mean she was physically attracted when she said she liked her?

Or, did she mean she liked her in that she wanted to be friends with her, or that she admired her?

Lovepancakes Thu 28-Apr-16 19:23:05

Your poor daughter. I don't know how you can help her when her friends are being so horrid unless you are friends with any of their parents who you could explain how upset she is so they could have a word about why they have rejected her like this. It makes me so sad for her as i'd sometimes hate to be that age again

Sadik Thu 28-Apr-16 19:23:57

I agree with MissMillament - why on earth should your dd have to backtrack. What her 'friends' are doing is homophobic bullying. You / she may or may not want to take it up with school, obviously that should be her choice, but she really shouldn't have to deny her feelings or who she is sad

Lovepancakes Thu 28-Apr-16 19:24:55

Yes missmillament has it better than me, sounds a very good idea to raise it with the pastoral team school .

ChocolateJam Thu 28-Apr-16 19:25:09

Physically attracted.

DD has had "boyfriends" before, this is the first time she is attracted to a girl so there has never been a need to look for LGBT resources before. I doubt there is anything at the school - we're not in the UK and I think a bit more conservative. I will see how things develop next week and approach the school counselors if the situation warrants it. Still not sure what to do about school tomorrow. I feel strongly that DD doesn't have to apologise for what she said but should reflect on the way she said it, and learn from that.

PresidentCJCregg Thu 28-Apr-16 19:26:50

She 'really really needs to back track'?? shock

Hamsolo Thu 28-Apr-16 19:27:55

That's sad for your dd but I have some sympathy for the other girl too. Unwanted advances are really hard to deal with at that age, and it's understandable if she feels very weird about your dds approach. She would probably feel similarly if a male friend did the same where the feelings weren't returned. I wouldn't call her reaction bullying.

The actions of the wider group ganging up on her are though. I don't know how you'd make it better without potentially making it worse. The school might be best placed to advise?

I think you do also need to talk to your dd about appropriate times and ways to share romantic feelings too.

VagueIdeas Thu 28-Apr-16 19:29:29

However also let her know its fine to have feelings for either sex but it takes a little maturity to know when to raise such topics

This, for sure.

They're only 13, so I wouldn't have expected a mature and considerate response, I'm afraid. And there's a difference between saying "I fancy girls" (which may have elicited a supportive kind of response) and "I fancy YOU", which is a risky statement to make and would invariably cause some major friendship issues.

But hindsight is a wonderful thing. Hope things smooth out soon.

MissMillament Thu 28-Apr-16 19:31:22

I think going in would be the right thing to do if she can face it. Tell her to keep her head high and know that it she is not at fault. Are there any other friends she can hang out with other than these girls?. Can you email her form tutor or equivalent and explain there are friendship issues and to keep an eye out for her. As a teacher, I find it very helpful to know about issues like this so I can provide discreet support if necessary.

juliascurr Thu 28-Apr-16 19:38:26

www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents

homophobic bullying should be dealt with by the school

ChocolateJam Thu 28-Apr-16 19:55:55

DD currently has no other friends to hang out with. She finds it hards to make friends as she is a bit... eccentric. Different from a typical 13 year old girl. I would have actually expected her to make friends with boys but that hasn't happened either. She started high school this year and I really hoped that she will find a kindred spirit or two in a larger school. Hopefully that will still happen.

KindDogsTail Thu 28-Apr-16 20:49:50

I feel so sorry for her but feel that the although other's girl's reaction was very upsetting, and the other friends' ganging up is hysterical and unpleasant and wrong, they are all very young and it is not bullying in purpose.

This is a very delicate position for your daughter to be in. You said you are abroad. I wonder of there is any support you could look to where you are?

lljkk Fri 29-Apr-16 20:18:06

(MN flaked out on me last night or would have posted then)

How awful sad. If OP was DD's friend DD would be muscling in to stand up for her & running around to give everyone a piece of her mind about the situation. (DD is 14, "CIS" and a transgender/gay activist... don't ask why, just is).

I hope that OP's DD went back to school today to face them down with a "I have nothing to be ashamed of" attitude. Better to get it over with, too.

I went to a school in the early 1980s where lots of girls were gay. If anything, the gay girls were the coolest girls to be friends with. So sorry that these kids turn out to be such turds about it.

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