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My cousin is being bullied at school and the school is not doing anything about it. what can be done with the school?

My aunt is going through a hard time in trying to figure out what she can do to get her daughters school to stop the bullying. My cousin does not want to even go to school anymore because she feels unsafe. The school has moved my cousins schedule around but she is still in the same classes with the girls that are bullying her. What can be done so that the school will take this more seriously before something bad happens?
In Topics: Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Feb 20, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Thanks for taking the time to reach out for some help for your aunt and cousin to get the bullying situation at school under control. Most schools have an Anti-Bullying policy which details how they should be handling this situation. Talk to the principal or school counselor to get a copy of this if you don't have one already. If you were to have an adult read through it and they were to determine the anti-bullying procedures are not being followed like they should, perhaps they could point out these deficiences to the school faculty.

If you feel like the school doesn't have the ability to control the bullying, then the next step would probably be to contact law enforcement so they can become involved. Bullying can take on forms of harassment, stalking, physical assault, and more...the police can intervene when these types of things are occuring. Have an adult reach out to law enforcement in the community to see if they can help get a handle on the situation. It might seem like an extreme step to involve law enforcement, but the bullying is inappropriate and needs to stop. It is clearly having a negative impact on your cousin's happiness and satisfaction with her life right now.

Also, check out this link on bullying...it could help: http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/DiscoverIt/Articles/Pages/Bullying.aspx

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