How To Defend Your Child Against Bullies In School

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Bullying is intentional and repeated abuse that a student or group of students may inflict on another student. Aside from physical bullying where kicking, hitting, beating, punching  and hair pulling is involved, psychological bullying is also possible where name calling, tricks and taunts are inflicted to humiliate. Nevertheless, both forms of bullying are against the law and must never be tolerated. Your child can be seriously affected by bullying and it can also be difficult for you to deal with to help your child lead a normal life. This is why you must act fast once you discover that your child is being bullied.

How Can A Child Be Bullied?

There are many forms of bullying, but these are the most common forms of bullying that can take place in and around school:

  • Name calling
  • Teasing
  • Threats
  • Sexual harassment
  • Hitting and other forms of attacks
  • Pushing
  • Hazing
  • Demands for money
  • Stealing or damaging property

Your child may not express his fear and anguish over being bullied in school, but you can easily see the signs if you monitor his behavior. Children that are bullied will show signs of isolation and withdrawal from activities and friends. He may be hesitant to talk about school and may even find ways to skip school to stay at home.

If Serious Injuries Are Sustained

If your child is seriously injured because of bullying, you must report the incident to the police. Physical assault can lead to fatal health conditions so it must never be taken lightly. The police can then check if the bully has a juvenile record and be investigated. You can also try to get a restraining order to keep the bully away from your child.

What You Can Do

Once you discover that your child is being bullied, do not wait for the students to work it out on their own. Bullying is a serious matter and adults will often have to intervene to stop bullying and handle the consequences of the behavior.

Since the bullying usually takes place in school, you must talk to the school principal and teachers immediately. Get all the facts from your son and also try to have him write down details of the incidents. Detailed information, such as time, place and witnesses can assist in any investigation. If your child still has injuries, you can have photos taken or have a medical certificate made. Ask your child if there are other children being bullied by the particular student or group and then try to speak with the parents. When more than one student is being bullied by that student or group, the school will act faster.

In the event that the school does not act promptly towards the matter within a few days, you can then write a letter to the superintendent and the principal, demanding a solution to the problem. Remember to outline all the facts and demand a response.

Bullying Is Against The Law

Bullying is a criminal offense and investigations by school authorities and the police can be made on any reported incidents of bullying. In fact, if a teacher or any school authority turns a blind eye to the bullying reports, he or she can be held criminally liable as well. If you are confused and uncertain about how to handle the bullying situation of your child, you can also seek assistance from a lawyer.

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This is a guest post.  Valerie Clearwater is a freelance writer specializing in criminal law. She regularly contributes articles to legal websites where well experienced Boston criminal lawyers can be consulted.

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