Has your child ever come home from school extremely upset? The cause could be bullying. Unfortunately, bullying remains a prominent and problematic issue in today’s schools. As a parent, it is your job to get involved.
First, if your child is a victim of bullying at school, it should immediately be reported to an employee of the school such as a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Also, as a parent, it is your responsibility to contact the school and request an investigation. Do not contact the parent of the bully, instead, contact the school itself.
If you feel as though the school is not responding properly and no changes are being made to the way in which your child is being treated, you should submit a written complaint to the District Superintendent’s office.
Laws are in place in South Carolina to try and prevent bullying. The Safe School Climate Act was signed into law in 2006 with intent to prevent harassment and bullying in schools. This defines harassment, intimidation, or bullying as,
“a gesture, an electronic communication, or a written, verbal, physical, or sexual act that is reasonably perceived to have the effect of: (a) harming a student physically or emotionally or damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage; or (b) insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.”
If you are a parent or student who is not satisfied with the way your school or district is handling your case, it is imperative to get legal help. Experience is necessary to navigate the complexity of South Carolina laws regarding bullying cases and the Peper Law Firm has that experience. Please contact us for a free consultation at 843-225-2520.