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darlab62
darlab62 asks:
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My son was bullied. Why doesn't a school help?

My son was bullied the school knew he has a brain injury they said there is no law in michigan to stop it the police didn't do anything so now I have to drive 30 miles to a new school that will not tolerate any bullying. what can any one do to make people realize this is not allowed
In Topics: My Relationship with my child's school, Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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Oct 27, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Justice65 has offered a good suggestion.  JELklenwogf suggests a root cause of bullying.  People do not speak up, both kids and parents, and even teachers, are sometimes afraid to reveal bullying.  

What happened to your child is unacceptable.  you are making a wise, if difficult choice, to take him to a better environment.  You ask a vital question, "what can any one do to make people realize this is not allowed" Well, any one of us can make a difference, and if each one of us does something, the potential is that it will make a significant difference.

For example,  if you have the energy and time, using this situation to raise the consciousness of the school in which the bullying occurred might help stamp out bullying in that environment. You would need to talk to administrators, guidance counselors and school board members, even the superintendent. You might actually need to file a complaint with IDEA, and see if there is leverage there. You might need to request that the school bring in bullying programs to educate kids, parents, teachers and the community.

If you do not have the time and energy for such a one-parent campaign, you might try organizing a parent group that can parcel out these tasks, and bring enlightenment to this school district.  

The good news is that currently in our culture people are interested in curbing/stamping out bullying.

If none of this is possible, then you must do the best you can to live with your decision to drive your son a distance, and know that you are doing what you can to provide a more favorable environment for him.  You might also be alert to any signs of depression from what happened to him, and from the loss of his familiar school.

If you notice any behavior or mood changes, you might want to consult a professional with him.

This is a tough situation, and I hope it goes well for you and your son.

Bette J. Freedson, LICSW, LCSW, CGP
Clinical Social Worker
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JELklenwogfbaoegb[o
JELklenwogf... writes:
Schools dont help because the child doesnt tell them or its just a bad school. Like at a private school they would sudpend or kick out a student
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justice65
justice65 , Caregiver, Parent writes:
In your question you don't explain if your child is in special education services of any kind but im assuming he is due to his brain injury . If your child is in special education or any related services and you have proof that you had complaint to the school regarding the bullying and the school is not doing anything to prottect your child under the (IDEA) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act you can file a complaint regarding civil rights violation due to Disability harassment and hostile environment .Good Luck
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