When most people think about bullying, they think about kids bullying other kids. But, when my son Brantley was six-years old, it wasn’t his classmates bullying him, it was his teacher and school counselor.

As a parent, this was devastating. Every day he would cry, too afraid to even get in the car to go to school. Our smart, sweet, boy turned into a stranger we no longer recognized.

Thankfully, in Alabama we have options. So, I was able to transfer Brantley to Alabama Virtual Academy (ALVA), where he gets a challenging public-school education in the safety of our home.

ALVA has been a lifesaver for Brantley. With the support of his teachers and school counselors, Brantley is slowly rebuilding his self-esteem and is determined to do his absolute best.

He loves science and math, enjoys going to church and hopes to play football this year.

I know there are a lot of misconceptions about virtual school. But, for our family, virtual school is the reason that my son is back to his bright, smiling and laughing self, and I’m grateful for it.

Amy Mooney

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