The School’s Responsibility Whenever a Child is Bullied

 

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“School staff should investigate the bullying immediately.” The administration should investigate a parent’s concerns and then inform the parents about their plans to remedy the situation. “School staff should never have a joint meeting with your child and the child who bullied them.”. Parents are doing their best to hold schools accountable for their children’s safety. It is important to take steps to resolve the issue to the best of your ability, but if your child has been bullied and you think school officials are not listening to your or taking your claims seriously, you may need to consider alternative action.

It is therefore harassment-related student bullying that when left unchecked by school officials, poses the greatest legal risk. In the Leadership Insider article “School Liability for Bullying & Harassment,” article authors Seamus Boyce and Andrew Manna explain that if schools face the following five circumstances, they are legally liable for peer harassmen. If your child is being bullied, you can take the following actions: Become an active listener.

It is extremely important that you talk with your child each day and ask open-ended questions throughout the school week. Often part of the challenge is getting your child to open up, so being an active listener will go a long way. Bullying frequently happens out of school and is often a source of trouble between neighbours and divides roughly 50:50 into school bullies and serious problems with local children.

If these children are pupils at the same school as your child then it’s sensible to warn the school that trouble at home could spill over into school. Bullying at school. All schools have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff and students.

This includes taking steps to support students who are being bullied by their peers. This can include being pulled by classmates outside of school hours or off school property e.g. being cyber bullied. If other students have bullied or hurt your child at school, learn when you can sue the school for negligent supervision or violation of laws prohibiting discrimination, including harassment based on sex, ethnicity, or disability. Although schools are not legally responsible for bullying that takes place outside of the school, under the Education and Inspection Act 2006 a school’s behaviour policy can include, as far as is reasonable, measures to regulate behaviour outside school premises when pupils are not in the charge or control of members of staff.

Bullying among school-aged children is widely regarded as an epidemic problem in the United States. If there were an easy solution to the problem, it would have been suggested and implemented long. Understandably, children who are being bullied are often fearful and worry that any action will worsen the problem. The solution is to make a parental decision to talk to the school.

A consistent and co-operative approach by both the home and school is important. You can always let your child know later what actions you have taken.

List of related literature:

The responsibility for dealing with bullying remains with the school authorities, with due consideration to the guidelines on bullying behaviour (Department of Education, 1993).

“Beyond Educational Disadvantage” by Paul Downes, Ann Louise Gilligan, Institute of Public Administration (Ireland)
from Beyond Educational Disadvantage
by Paul Downes, Ann Louise Gilligan, Institute of Public Administration (Ireland)
Institute of Public Administration, 2007

Also, to the extent consistent with state and federal law, the school must notify the parents of the victim of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation.

“The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child” by Lawrence M. Siegel
from The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
by Lawrence M. Siegel
NOLO, 2017

Over the course of the year that it took for the administrative system to determine whether bullying occurred or not, it is unclear whether anything was done to support the child who felt bullied.

“Keeping Students Safe and Helping Them Thrive: A Collaborative Handbook on School Safety, Mental Health, and Wellness [2 volumes]” by David Osher Ph.D., Matthew J. Mayer, Robert J. Jagers, Kimberly Kendziora, Lacy Wood
from Keeping Students Safe and Helping Them Thrive: A Collaborative Handbook on School Safety, Mental Health, and Wellness [2 volumes]
by David Osher Ph.D., Matthew J. Mayer, et. al.
ABC-CLIO, 2019

If the bully is under 10, it may be possible to take legal action for negligence against the school and the local authority for failure in their duty of care to the pupil.

“Learning to Teach in the Primary School” by Teresa Cremin, James Arthur
from Learning to Teach in the Primary School
by Teresa Cremin, James Arthur
Taylor & Francis, 2014

Even though it is the school’s primary responsibility to clear up bully/victim problems in the school, parents can do a great deal to improve the situation.

“Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do” by Dan Olweus
from Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do
by Dan Olweus
Wiley, 2013

These duties are a school’s responsibility even if the misconduct also is covered by an anti-bullying policy, and regardless of whether a student has complained, asked the school to take action, or identified the harassment as a form of discrimination.

“Organization and Administration of Physical Education: Theory and Practice” by Jayne D. Greenberg, Judy L. LoBianco
from Organization and Administration of Physical Education: Theory and Practice
by Jayne D. Greenberg, Judy L. LoBianco
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2019

Sharing the evidence with the school will enable the administration to monitor potential bullying situations more closely and, where necessary, set up a school safety plan for the student.

“Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age” by Robin M. Kowalski, Susan P. Limber, Patricia W. Agatston
from Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age
by Robin M. Kowalski, Susan P. Limber, Patricia W. Agatston
Wiley, 2009

It will be critical to request the school’s help to address the bullying situation on campus; however, the parent of the child engaged in cyberbullying needs to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the cyberbullying ends.

“Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age” by Robin M. Kowalski, Susan P. Limber, Patricia W. Agatston
from Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age
by Robin M. Kowalski, Susan P. Limber, Patricia W. Agatston
Wiley, 2012

A parent whose child comes home complaining of being bullied is understandably anxious, and can reasonably expect the school to take action.

“Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children And What We Can Do About It” by Sue Palmer
from Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children And What We Can Do About It
by Sue Palmer
Orion Publishing Group, 2015

After the problem of either being bullied or being the bully has been identified, parents must work with the child, the school, and the health care provider to solve the problem (see Teaching Guidelines 28.2 and Evidence-Based Practice).

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

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  • This video is disgusting!! Anyone who thinks it is ok to go be a snitch, or a rat, and goes tattle tailing on the supposed bully. The kid needs to grow a pair of balls and fight. I would beat my sons ass if I ever caught him being a RAT!! Even if you lose the fight, the bully then respects you for standing up, and for not being a punk. Especially for young boys, training to fight, and hand to hand striking and grappling are very important. We can not continue creating these snowflakes who are wimps when it comes down to fighting.

  • Tell your kids to grow some balls and fight bullies.  I used to beat the shit out of kids who wouldn’t fight back when I was in elementary school.  I used to bitch slap all the fat kids and torment the fat girls, calling them pigs.

  • Actually, not all school have the policies in place. In USA or other places. I am at a school who is only NOW after 10 year putting one in.

  • All of the above. Bullying happens cause of the pychology of a lot of kids, but teachers ignore any signs of it alowing it to go on, then later blame the one kid who got bullied and decided to fight back. Parents also should be held accountable, their kid lives with them, learning most of the stuff in his life from them or devoloping in a certain way cause of the situation in his private and/or school life.

  • Well it seems like the schools aren’t doing so well are they if kids are literally ending their own lives even if they don’t want to. And the school has no idea why they did because they aren’t doing well so thanks I really appreciate the effort but we need a better plan

  • Guys I need help…:/ my kid Elijah is getting bullied horrendously in his new school and idk what to do I’ve tried everything but the school dosen’t care:/ he’s getting picked on because he’s the new kid in school and on top of that his father abuses him and he’s got all these bruises and scars all over him from both school bullies and worst of all his dead beat father…:/

  • Presented an overview of School Districts’ federal obligation to respond/report to any harassment; address bullying; do all possible to eliminate hostile environments and be sure discriminatory actions were not taken. (5/01/20 MDCPS support personnel online training due to school closures due to covid19).

  • that They were the ones with issues not me. It was then that I knew I had to help other people who are dealing with bullies the way I delt with them. Because it’s not ok it seriosly hurts people and more needs to be done to stop bullies. I have a friend she is not at my school but i know her from the community. She is bullied but the pricipal has not done anything and her parents don’t understand. I try to talk to her and help her but she wont let me in. I also got an adult to try to help her

  • Hi Down Chain,
     
    Thanks for sharing.
     
    Those kind of bullies are hungry predators.  We don’t survive if we’re only kind and weak.
     
    We must learn the Early Warning Signs and become skilled at fighting back.  Just like we would have had to hundreds of years ago living in those rural areas with wolves, rattlesnakes, etc.  Either they win or we win.
     
    Best wishes,
    Ben

  • Calm and kind 100% of the time is slot to ask for any person! Run, stay away, do not get to “know” your bully and “try” to make them like you so you can feel safe if they are around. Be yourself away from your bully. You are only being bullied Beccause of a positive attribute someone once to make you feel bad about because of their own insecurities. If the bully is not your manager or professors RUN,,,,,,,,,! Dancing!!!!����������������‍♂️����‍♂️����‍♂️�������������������� love the video thank you for your education!!!

  • Not sure how your kid can be calm and kind 100% of the time or it won’t work. Isn’t this requiring a kid to be a saint, to be someone as spiritually mature as a person who has been reading the Bible for years, praying and experiencing the cross for years? And you may rehearse for ages, but when the situation comes and a bully says something unexpected, your kid fails and it starts over again as a vicious circle.