rainey77200 asks:

School Denys calling a child retard is Bullying

My son is a special needs child and all of his school years he has been called a retard. Especially in instances when he could not spell or multiply. Even a teacher stood up in front of the class and said are you a retard, when he could not multiply! Recently at an ARD the school lawyer said calling someone a retard is not bullying them, she said this on tape. Is this bullying and what steps can we take to ensure this stops!
In Topics: Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago



Boys Town National Hotline
Apr 17, 2014
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What the Expert Says:


Thank you for your question.  It seems like you wrote a previous question and this is the response we sent to you.  Please feel free to reach out and talk to a counselor if you need some support!

It's very disheartening when a child with a disability is called an outdated word, especialliy one that is now viewed as offensive.

 It seems like the school is trying to protect themselves and justifying the bullying by calling it name calling.  This name calling was used as a put down and derogatory remark. It was not calling him a name such as wimp or smelly.  This was a direct insult to his intellectual level.

If you feel like you have been wronged and want to find support for your son in this school you could always go to the school board if the principal is not willing to listen.  You can let them know you will start bringing light to the intentionally ignored bullying issue at the school.  You can contact Disability Rights Organization in either your state or a national organization.  They might be able to help you bring attention to the issue inside the school.

It’s unfortunate that your son has been victimized the whole school year.  If you or your son need more support the websites below might provide some extra support for you.  Keep being an advocate for your son!

Jenna, Counselor
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