It's done. We've officially requested to change Olie's school. The reaction from our current principal is shock; she thought we had "worked it out." Um...no. You told us how you were going to handle it and we disagreed with your course of action. That is not working it out. That is you hiding behind policy and trying to force us to believe your "kids will be kids" crap.
In the meantime, my child is still a punching bag for this other kid. If I allowed her to remain in a situation where she is being physically abused, on a daily basis, and is afraid if this kid even looks in her direction, then I would be failing in my duty to protect her.
I don't think changing schools is running away. Changing schools makes sense for our family. We should not have to live in fear of this other child; fearful that one day he will bring a gun or a knife into school. My child is a target for this other child and our school refuses to do anything about it. So, we must take action. We must stand up for what is right even as the school turns a blind eye.
So, no, we are not teaching our child to run away. We are teaching her that she has the power to choose her own path. That she always has options and that it does not matter if other people disagree with her. All that matters is that she has faith in her decisions.