Did you know that one in five students report that they have been bullied at school? Those are the numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics

Due to social media, school bullying seems to be more prevalent than ever. So, what do you do if your child is being bullied and when should you speak with a school bullying attorney in Philadelphia?

What is School Bullying?

There are a few different types of bullying that can happen at school. 

Cyberbullying is one of the most common due to social media and includes sending mean messages via text or email, spreading rumors online or posting embarrassing content online for all to see. 

Physical bullying happens when there is pushing, punching, kicking, tripping or intentionally breaking the victim’s things. 

Verbal bullying is just as common and is when the victim is being called names, teased, taunted or receives threatening comments. 

Social bullying happens when a bully tries to embarrass a victim in front of others by spreading rumors. 

All of these are considered forms of bullying and can happen to any child at school. 

Signs of School Bullying

Kids are not always going to be open about being bullied. This is why parents need to be present and look for common signs of school bullying.

  • Unexplained injuries - coming home with bruises and other injuries constantly, without a reasonable explanation for them

  • Losing items frequently

  • Frequent stomach aches

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Depression – this usually comes with low self-esteem and talking down to themselves

  • Anxiety

  • Fearful

  • Poor grades and withdrawal from activities – a bullied child will often times withdraw from school, causing grades to decline. 

Steps to Take if Your Child is a Victim

Of course, the first step is to always talk to your child about bullying and let them know that this is not their fault. They need to be able to trust you to tell you. You will want to document everything including detailed encounters, dates, names, locations and witnesses. 

Every single school in the country is now required to have a bullying policy in place. After talking to your child, follow the policy. This usually means speaking with the principal and school counselors. There might be times when you need to also report to the school board or Superintendent. 

In addition to talking with the school, you will want to speak with an experienced attorney who specializes in school bullying for legal guidance and representation.

Bullying can impact not just the victim, but also the family, school and community. Some bullying might be considered illegal, which is when you will want legal representation on your side. These acts of bullying include being based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, weight, status, or disability.

A school bullying attorney will be able to conduct a thorough investigation. This is where documenting all of the information is important. Your attorney will then take things into their own hands and interview witnesses, obtain any needed medical records, and obtain any reports from law enforcement or the school. 

With this information, they will be able to build a solid case to get the justice your child deserves and put an end to bullying. 

 

Published by Lavismichel Inkel