As a parent, you do everything you can to give your child a positive and joyful upbringing that also prepares them for the harsh real world. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your child ends up learning about human cruelty first-hand, thanks to school bullies. If your child’s teacher and school administrators aren’t taking steps to curtail the bullying, it may be time to consult with an attorney. This particularly applies in cases where the bullying results from your child’s gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. An attorney can help advocate for your child to the school.
Your child has the right to safely receive an education
The New York City public schools have had a difficult history with bullying. In fact, in 2016, a class action lawsuit was filed against the New York City Department of Education. The lawsuit contends that students of color and LGBTQIA students often experience increased risk for harassment and violence. It also contends that school and city officials have failed to address violence and a toxic culture in the public schools. The lawsuit claims that statistics showing a drop in violence in the schools are inaccurate, as they only reflect situations where law enforcement become involved.
Bullying can have long-term consequences for your child
Those who are regularly bullied in their education institution may suffer from the consequences for years to come. Their academic performance could suffer due to missed classes, a fear of speaking up or even stolen homework. Their ability to socially network may decrease, as they may avoid all but necessary interactions with their peers. They can develop low self-esteem and other issues, such as social anxiety, that could require expensive therapy to adequately address. In short, bullying can damage your child’s sense of well being and his or her future. It is a serious matter.
If your school isn’t taking action, you need an attorney
Many national organizations take a firm stance that bullying is a civil rights issue. Additionally. Simply punishing perpetrators won’t end the bullying. The students engaging in bullying behavior need intensive help, likely including therapy and sensitivity training. If your child’s school isn’t taking necessary steps to protect your child from bullies, you need to speak with an attorney. An attorney can review the details of your child’s situation and determine if the bullying is the result of your child being a member of a protected group, such as the LGBTQIA community.
Your children deserves a safe and healthy environment for their education. If school officials and teachers aren’t taking your issues seriously, an attorney can help. They can impress the seriousness of the situation upon those who can make a difference for your child.