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LisaWoodsWilliams
LisaWoodsWi... asks:
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What should you do if a child is hurt and need a cast due to a bully?

In Topics: Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Oct 8, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Dear Lisa,

We are very sorry to hear that a child was hurt bad enough by the actions of another child, to have to have a cast placed on a part of his/her body. This is a sad situation and we hope the child who did the bullying is held responsible and is getting help with managing his anger and emotions. We also hope the child who was harmed is getting the counseling and support he/she needs to not feel like a victim, to build confidence and to learn ways to stand up for him/herself.

If the incident happened on school grounds and the school has no knowledge what happened, they definitely need to be informed. If it did not happen at school, the bully's parents need to know what happened and take responsibly for their child's actions. Hopefully they are reasonable people who will not be defensive and will not push it under the carpet.

We have an excellent website for teens who have experienced bullying. It is a safe place for teens where they can express themselves and communicate with a crisis counselor if they want to reach out for help. Our toll-free Hotline is also here for kids of all ages and parents who are looking for advice and support. Our contact information is listed below.

Please keep reaching out and let us know if we can help you or either of these children again. Thank you for your care and concern.

Sincerely,

Cynthia, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
hotline@boystown.org

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adventurezinchildrearing
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Get something in writing from the Dr. and be sure the school receives a copy and be sure the other parents get a copy too. (the school should take care of that for you of course) Follow up to make sure both children involved speak with someone who can help them with their emotions (professionally) Obviously, the injured child needs support- but responsible adults should find out why the child who is doing the bullying is acting out. They may need help as well to avoid future issues.
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