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High School Bullying: What Can You Do?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Dec 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

We all know kids can be ruthless. They have no filters and lowered inhibitions, saying and doing things that can be hurtful to others. But sometimes, this behavior turns cruel and constant, affecting the target student both physically and emotionally, which can interfere with their ability to learn.

When bullying happens, high school students will reach out to teachers and administrators for help. Unfortunately, though, some schools refuse to get involved, despite many having “Zero Tolerance” policies where bullying is vehemently forbidden.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and Lento Law Firm have helped students around the country successfully fight for their rights – rights that are owed to them by their schools. These rights include access to education and an academic environment free from bullying, harassment, and fear. If your child has been the victim of bullying and their high school has failed to help them, Attorney Lento can help. Call today.

Reasons Why Schools Downplay Bullying

While most schools say they have policies in place to deal with bullying, many tend to downplay the conduct. There are several reasons high schools would choose to downplay bullying, including:

  • Budget limitations: school budgets tend to be stretched thin, so it might not be their first choice to use some of that budget to pay teachers or faculty overtime to investigate the matter.
  • There's no physical evidence of bullying: the bullying has not been caught on camera, there are no witnesses, and there are no text messages to review.
  • The school does not have an appropriate bullying intervention program – so they are over their heads.
  • They believe “kids will be kids,” and bullying is just something they must endure.
  • It is not a priority.

Steps to Take to Combat Bullying

The best thing you can do when you hear your child has been bullied is to speak with their teachers and administration. Prior to the meeting or conversation, familiarize yourself with the student handbook and policies. Generally, any rules against bullying will be found there. You will also find policies for how the school intends to deal with the conduct.

During the meeting, make sure to stay calm and open to any information they might share with you if you do not agree with how the school intends to handle the situation, reference the policies found in the student handbook.

Working with an attorney advisor the moment you learn of the bullying is the best way to ensure the school follows through with its policies and protects your child from further pain and suffering.

How an Attorney Advisor Can Help

Attorney advisors have a unique understanding of the inner workings of both the American high school and the law. They know how much bullying can affect students emotionally and physically, potentially altering the course of their life for the worse.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm can help negotiate with your child's school, encouraging them to put a stop to bullying.  Unfortunately, there are times when the steps described above are not enough and the school simply does not listen to you pleas.  When this happens, you have every right to bring a legal action against them.  Either way, Attorney Lento will work diligently to ensure your child has a safe space to continue their education, preserving their future and preventing them from suffering any unnecessary trauma. Call 888-535-3686 today for help, or schedule a consultation online.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.

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