What to do if your child is accused of being a bully

  • Friday, January 17, 2014

Itís a phone call that most parents canít imagine receiving. Your schoolís principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying.

While some parents might look at bullying as a part of growing up, in fact it actually has reached epidemic proportions across the country. More than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, according to DoSomething.org, a social issues non-profit. Every day, nearly 160,000 children miss school because they are scared of being bullied, notes the National Education Association.

Whatís more, many incidents of bullying go unreported because kids are afraid to report them.

So what should you do if your child is accused of bullying? Here are some tips from FindLaw.com:

Know your schoolís policies about bullying and make sure you fully understand your stateís anti-bullying laws.

Be patient. Work with the school to understand exactly what happened and your childís role.

Be prepared: you may not get the full story. Your child and/or other children involved may give you a skewed version of what happened.

Police may become involved. You should fully cooperate with all local authorities.

Immediately seek legal counsel if the victimís parents announce their decision to file a lawsuit against the school and/or the alleged bully.

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