How Law Can Help You If Your Child Is Bullied?
Bullying is a repetitive behavior by an individual or a group that is intended towards hurting another individual or group physically, emotionally, or both. In general, the behavior is regarded as bullish if it involves one or more of the following traits:
● It is intentionally harmful
● It is persistent and repetitive
● It involves an imbalance of power
● It causes a feeling for distress and under-confidence
Signs That Your Child Is Being Bullied
Bullying is a matter of serious concern, and if your child is a victim of bullying, you need to take action right now. However, first of all, you need to identify whether your child is being bullied or not. Here are a few common signs that will help you know that your child is getting bullied:
● Your child looks injured and has wounds or bruises without a satisfactory reason.
● Your child is an introvert and spends a lot of time alone.
● Your child has suddenly lost interest in going to school.
● Your child’s school performance has declined suddenly.
● Your child is always sad and depressed.
● Your child has lost confidence and self-esteem.
● Your child has stopped eating, or you can notice a change in your child’s eating habits.
● Your child does not take the standard route to school and often prefers other ways.
● Your child stays unwell, and complaints of illness like headache, stomachache, etc.
● Your child has a disturbed sleeping routine and wakes up at night with recurring nightmares.
Keep in mind that if your child shows these signs rarely, they might not be out of bullying but if these things happen regularly, you need to take action. Harassment and bullying have been and will continue to be one of the leading issues that children face in schools today. The qualified attorneys at Trimble & Armano will work to provide your students with the proper educational environment they deserve.
How Trimble & Armano Can Help You?
New Jersey’s “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act” is considered to be the strongest anti-bullying legislation in the country. As per this law, students have a right to an education, free from harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB).
If you are confident that your child is a victim of bullying, you should get in touch with Trimble & Armano immediately and we can help you as per these laws:
#1. State Laws
If your child is a bully victim at school, you can consider your state laws as the first line of defense. All 50 states in the USA have anti-bullying laws, which provide reliable protection to kids against child bullying. These laws can be of significant advantage and can help you stop the bullying immediately.
According to the state anti-bullying law, the school in question has to document, report, and investigate the bullying within the specified number of days. The school needs to take action to stop the bullying immediately, as well. Once bullying is confirmed, the law takes appropriate action against the bullies.
Different states have different bullying laws with different consequences. For example, some states might order counseling of the bully and the victim, whereas other states may announce a harsh punishment for the bully. It would be a wise decision to go through the school anti-bullying policy as well.
A few points to consider before seeking legal action against your son’s bullying are:
● The definition of bullying, according to the law
● Does it include bullying outside the school and cyber bullying?
● The process of reporting bullying
● Should the school report bullying, or you need to do it at a personal level?
● The time school will take to investigate bullying
● The time school will take to act if bullying is confirmed
#2. Federal Anti-Bullying
Although state law is your primary line of defense against child bullying, federal law can offer specific protections, especially if your kid has learning or thinking differences. A few of these protections include:
● Children with IEP have the right to free education, and if something interferes with the kids’ free education, the school needs to take action.
● If a child is disabled and any kind of behavior that affects the child’s participation in school is considered bullying.
What Can You Do on a Personal Level?
If your child is being bullied, you need to be more alert and monitor your child’s activity and behavior. A few things that can do to help your child at a personal level are:
● Talk to your child and act as a pillar of support.
● Get in touch with school authorities to complain about bullying.
● Whatever investigation the school performs, and the actions school takes, keep a detailed record of all of them.
● Get in touch with the school’s guidance counselor or a person who is trained to deal with bullying.
● Read the school’s code of conduct to ensure the school is taking all the necessary actions.
● Lastly, get in touch with Trimble & Armano firm to report the bullying and take appropriate action.
The Bottom Line
Bullying is a serious condition, which, if escalated to a higher level, can cause suicidal thoughts in your child’s mind as well. Trimble & Armano will help protect your kids from bullying. For a free initial consultation on your legal matter, contact Trimble & Armano today!