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krsimpson
krsimpson asks:
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How can I protect my daughter from academic bullying?

My daughter has been named valedictorian and there is a group of girls going to the principle in the last three months with malicious accusations regarding her integrity.  They are best friends with the salutatorian, hoping it will move her into the first position.  Can this be considered "bullying"?
In Topics: Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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lkauffman
Feb 14, 2008
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What the Expert Says:

Hi Kelly,

First, congratulations to your daughter for an amazing accomplishment! Achieving valedictorian is a remarkable testament to your daughter's intelligence and work ethic.

Now, on to the more unfortunate part of the story. What has your daughter said about this experience? How did she learn about the sabotage? Has she talked with the other girls? Has she talked with the principal? As you understand it, is the principal largely ignoring the accusations or is she actually considering investigating? I do believe that your daughter is currently being "bullied," and she will most certainly benefit from your support and listening during this challenging period.

Depending upon the current status of the situation, you should ask your daughter whether she would like you to get involved or just listen. If she asks you to just listen, you should sit tight, listen and support her, but remain watchful of the situation. If your daughter's distress increases or the bullies continue to harass her, you may need to schedule some time to talk with the principal. If your daughter gives you approval to get involved, you would most likely initiate a meeting with the principal now. It is the school administration's responsibility to ensure that the academic environment is safe and secure for all students, and it is important that they take action right away.

Good luck and please keep us posted on the outcome of your daughter's situation.

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