Bullying is a serious problem in American schools and one that has to be reacted to in the right way. When a child is being bullied, it’s very hard on them. They may struggle with school work and develop anxiety or depression.
Worst of all, those children may suffer serious consequences from bullying itself, like injuries from attacks or self-inflicted harm. As you can see, bullying is not harmless in any way.
Bullying has a ripple effect on the people around the victim and bully
It’s no secret that bullying has a ripple effect on the people around those involved. The parents of both parties may become involved in a dispute over the way one child is treating another. The school gets involved and may suspend or take other actions against the children. Even the police, attorneys and courts could end up involved.
Bullying is something no child should have to go through, so what should you do if your child is being bullied?
Reach out to the school if your child is hurt by a bully
If your child is hurt by a bully, the first step is to get them medical care. After that, reach out to the school. You want the school to know about the incident if it doesn’t already.
You may need to set up a meeting with the principal or school board, depending on the situation, to discuss what they will do about the bullying behavior. You can bring your attorney with you to these meetings for your own protection and to start building a case if nothing is done to protect your child or punish the bully.
Many cases of bullying can be resolved by talking to the school and the other child’s parents. However, there are times when schools do not take steps to resolve problems despite bullying that results in injuries to your child. In that case, you should speak with your attorney about filing a lawsuit against the school. You may also want to involve the police and file a claim to seek compensation for your child’s injuries from the bully and their family.
A lot of people believe that bullying is just a part of school life, but it doesn’t have to be. Children should not feel like they’re in danger when they step into school. At the end of the day, it is the school’s responsibility to provide a safe facility for children.