Know your Child’s Rights
Working with the school
- Keep a written record of all bullying incidents that your child reports to you.
- Record the names of the children involved, where, when and what happened.
- Immediately ask to meet with your child’s classroom teacher and explain your concerns.
- Ask the teacher how they will address the bullying.
- Seek out the school counselor if your child exhibits stress.
- Set up a follow up appointment with the teacher to discuss progress.
- If there is no improvement after reporting bullying to your child’s teacher, speak with the school principal.
- Keep notes from your meetings with teachers and administrators.
What can you expect staff at your child’s school to do about bullying?
- School staff investigates the bullying immediately.
- Notification of what actions will be taken.
- An information gathering meeting with your child and then with the bully.
- A joint meeting with your child and the child who bullied them should Never happen.
Interacting with the school’s staff
- Allow reasonable time to investigate and hear both sides of the story.
- If bullying continues, write to the school’s principal and include evidence from your notes to back up your complaint.
- If you are not satisfied with their responsiveness, write to your school superintendent for assistance.
- Be persistent. You may need to keep speaking out about bullying.
When should law enforcement become involved?
- If another child has physically assaulted your child or is seriously threatening them with bodily injury.
- If the problem persists or escalates, and your school officials are unable to stop the bullying you may want to consult an attorney.
- Ask the school to keep a written record of all offenses committed against your child in case law enforcement officials need the information for further complaints.
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