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Snickers1219 asks:
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What happens when bullies start using the new laws  to anonymously accuse innocent kids of bullying behavior as a new form of bullying?

In Topics: Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Apr 11, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

We would hope that there would be safeguards within the laws that would keep the "innocent until proven guilty" clause in mind.  Unless it can be proven that some transgressions have taken place, than we would hope that this sort of action would not occur.  With all of the current media and attention being placed on bullying, it is also wise for people to be educated on what the definitions of bullying are, how the laws interpret such actions, and to be clear on what the school expectations are regarding bullying.  If you find yourself in a place where there are legal actions being taken, it is prudent to seek legal counsel to protect your families interests.  

Be knowledgable, open minded, and wise in dealing with such matters.  Since it is such a hot button, bullying can cause a lot of emotional responses from parents especially.  Please stay level headed and try to focus on problem solving as opposed to blame.  Don't let other's accusations or actions goad you into becoming over emotional in response.  Keep your cool and respond appropriately or not at all if it is simply too much.  Also be sure to dialogue with your child and let them know how they can best help the situation, even if it means not talking to another student at school due to perceived bullying.

If you need to talk further, please call our hotline and we will help as best we can.

Counselor, Dominic
Boys Town National Hotline-A Resource for Parents and Teens
1-800-448-3000
www.parenting.org

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JandD73
JandD73 writes:
I hope someone has an answer for this one.  It happened to my daughter in National Honor Society no less.  Students hacked a Facebook account and put inappropriate language on it in her name.  SHE had to go before the board and prove her innocence which she did and then quit. She no longer wanted to belong to such a group.  NO consequences for the honor student bullies.
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