How Do I Know When to File a Bullying Complaint at My Child’s School?

June 7, 2018
Posted on: June 7, 2018
Author: Ramey Law P.C.
Photo of a Child Being Bullied

If your child is being bullied at his or her school, you will want to take the appropriate actions as a parent. Your first thought might be to file a complaint with the school but reporting school bullying can come with some complications. Some parents will even be confused as to whether they should file a report in general. As a parent, it’s important to know the process of filing a bullying complaint if you decide that doing so would be the best option for your child.

When Should I Report Bullying to My Child’s School?

It might be difficult to decipher what problems at school are actually worth a bullying report or if they were just random fights or incidents. There are a couple of things that parents should ask themselves when determining this:
Where did the bullying take place? This will help to initially determine liability. If the incident did not occur on actual school grounds, the school may not be liable.

  • Is it an ongoing issue? Isolated events may not be worth a bullying report, but if there is a clear pattern of bullying happening, the school will want to know about it and will want to address it to the appropriate parties.
  • How bothered is your child? Adult intervention to this extent might only need to occur if your child is severely upset and/or their mental health and school work is impacted.
  • Does your child want this action taken? Sometimes school interventions can make things worse, so it’s important that your child fully wants the report to be made and knows the consequences of the report being filed. Bullying can also be a deeply personal issue, so discussing these vulnerabilities to teachers and faculty can be scary. Ask your child directly how they want the situation to be handled and if the bullying report is the right choice for his or her situation.
  • Is the situation violent? If the bullying involves theft, property destruction or any form of physical or sexual assault, school officials must be notified. Once criminal behavior is involved, the situation is required to be addressed immediately.

If your child is being bullied at school and you are wondering if you should file a report with the school, Ramey Law Firm can give you more answers. Hiring a school bullying attorney will improve your situation if you ever need to go to court for injuries that your child sustained. Contact us for more information or to get started on your case.