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oeljay43
oeljay43 asks:
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My 8 year old son is being bullied by our next door neighbors. Today the 10 year old punched my son in the face. The kids ages range from 10 to 15.

What should I do?
In Topics: Physical Health, Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Sep 14, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

go immediately to your neighbor--parent to parent and explain what happened to your son. Be clear that you will not tolerate violence such as assault on your son and that if it continues you will report it to the police if you have not already done so.

If you have had good relations with your neighbors, have a two family meeting including their son and yours. Do your best to have your son understand that he cannot play around the older boys and should go back inside if they are out or go to the present adult so he can continue to play. Also, the older neighbor boy needs to understand his actions could wind him up in juvenile court. Both sides need to get to the root of the problem soon. Many states have anti bullying laws that apply outside of school as well.

Don't let this one drop.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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Candes
Candes writes:
Couldn't agree MORE with the expert.  Find out what's going on between the boys and if the parents won't take care of this matter than the police should.  I would give the parents an opportunity to fix it but let them know you won't sit idly by. That is unacceptable behavior.
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trishsugar
trishsugar writes:
CALL THE POLICE!
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pinkydisanto
pinkydisanto writes:
Have you talked to the parents? Try that. If that does not work I would tell your son to just not play with them or not go outside and ignore them.
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ConnerMichael
ConnerMichael writes:
First, you should probably make sure that their parents know the fact that they punched him in the face and make sure he does get the punishment that he so deserves.
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Kittycatkutie
Kittycatkutie writes:
Bullying has been going on for a long time, and of course it is not a good thing. In my opinion, you should try to talk to the neighbors about their impoliteness and disrespect. But if they go overboard you should call the police for them to solve this case. Here's a note: Do not get into violence, it will make things worse.
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jamel567
jamel567 writes:
You should go to the parents of the kids house and tell them what's going on.
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smart-Laura... writes:
Go to your neighbor and talk to their parents about it.
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aguerreroviruete
aguerrerovi... writes:
Go talk to your neighbor parents. Say clearly about what happened.
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