Bullying in Indiana Schools

Counsel from Carmel Family Lawyers

The cruelest place in the world is the playground. Kids who are overweight, skinny, have special needs, or are just “different” get picked on at school every day. It may seem like just teasing to some people, but the results can be serious. Schools have a duty to protect your child from bullying. If your child is being bullied at school, our Carmel education law lawyers at Hollingsworth & Zivitz may be able to help.

In Indiana, the law requires that bullying be disciplined appropriately and that provisions concerning future education, parental involvement, intervention, and reporting of such incidents all be adhered to by a school. These provisions will apply whenever a student is bullied on school grounds during appropriate hours or at a school related activity or function.

At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, we take our civil and legal responsibilities seriously, especially when it comes to cases of school bullying. As an increasing amount of news stories display the tragic results of bullying incidents, it becomes more and more clear that this harassment needs to be treated much more severely than it has been in the past. When schools allow bullying or harassment to take place in their facilities, they may be held liable for any incidents of injury or emotional or mental trauma.

The education law team at our firm is ready to help. We proudly serve families around Central Indiana, Indianapolis, Marion County, and the surrounding areas, so contact our firm today for a consultation.

What should you do if your child is bullied?

What actions are considered bullying? These incidents can range from physical and sexual abuse to verbal and emotional attacks. If a student is bullied due to their gender, race, or a disability, they may be able to take legal action against the school if they do not hold the guilty students accountable. These stressful and damaging experiences can be extremely difficult for young individuals to process around their peers. Schools have a duty to prevent these incidents and safeguard their students from such mistreatment.

Make sure you follow these tips when enduring bullying incidents:

  • Document as many details as possible from your child
  • Take photos of or write down all physical injuries and verbal attacks
  • Report it to the school (teacher, principal, or guidance office)
  • Follow up with your child to see if the incidents continued
  • Check in with the school to see what steps have been taken

Sadly, bullying in public and private schools is far too common. Many students dread or fear returning to school, damaging their learning opportunities and causing them serious and unwarranted distress. If you believe your child is being bullied, you should immediately report it to their school or teacher and follow up with them to ensure a plan of action or strategy has been created to prevent future incidents. If no steps are taken after continually reporting, you may need to pursue outside legal action.

Do not let your child be mistreated by other youth or the school system! Call us now and let our Carmel education law attorneys stand up for their rights and fiercely advocate on their behalf today.

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