Like any other school, the school in Þórshöfn has a bit of a bullying issue.
Unlike a lot of school, this one decided to tackle it head on.
Maybe because of the size of the town or the closeness of the community, what ever it is - everyone considers the problem theres. Even if it is not there kid being picked on.
So here is the plan - already put into action.
All the kids in the school were divided into groups of 3 or 4, with there age. The first groups set up specifically paired up the bullied kids with bully's.
Now once a week, for at least 2 hours, these kids will play together, under supervision of parents.
So every third week I get Kasper and 2 kids he his age are are not his friends. We get to do something fun and adults need to stay involved to keep things straight.
The goal is to force these kids into being friends, or at least excepting that the other kids can be fun and are not so different then themselves.
Last week was the first time. Kasper went with the boys and 2 parents sledding, then out for hot chocolates.
I know one group that spent Friday evening in the bar playing pool. Doubles with rotating partners so everyone worked together.
I guess I am just happy to see people taking such an interest in children still.
Despite the crisis in Iceland now, some people are still working on the basics I life, like trying to make sure the kids grow into decent people.