If your child is a victim of bullying at school, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

School Bullying Tips

When your child needs special education, it’s the school’s responsibility to prevent harassment from other students. A quality educational institution ensures that students treat each other with kindness and respect differences. Any form of abuse or harassment should not be tolerated. Nevertheless, many children experience challenges with bullying at some point. How can you support your child, especially if they have special needs?

Tell the School

The initial step is to communicate with the school. It’s possible that teachers or staff members may not be aware of the challenges your child is facing. By bringing this to their attention, they can take steps to address the issues your child is experiencing. If the school has a policy designed to protect individuals with disabilities from harassment, this conversation should be facilitated more effectively.

Talk to Your Child and Their Classmates

If the school lacks information about the incident, it could be beneficial to discuss what happened with your child and their peers. If this approach doesn’t clarify the situation or if the school doesn’t take action, you might consider contacting the child’s parents directly. In cases of serious bullying, it’s crucial for the school to be informed and involved.

Do Not Panic

Bullying often stems from children’s lack of understanding or fear of those who are different from them. If your child is struggling, remember that many children experience phases of bullying. A single incident can be a valuable learning opportunity, especially if the bullying isn’t persistent. Consider discussing the issue with your child’s teacher or even addressing the class to raise awareness and prevent future occurrences. Children often face challenging situations that others might prefer to avoid. If your child is bullied, it’s worthwhile to engage with the school to seek resolution.

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