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How to get schools to help when kids are being bullied

Posted at 6:32 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 19:32:10-05

MILWAUKEE — Many schools do a good job of listening and taking action when parents and kids report bullying. But, unfortunately, there can still be problems that are not handled as efficiently as possible.

Sometimes, kids and parents feel that the school is not listening or taking action, things are not being done quickly, or the solutions offered are simply not working.

However, there are a few things that kids and parents can do to get the best results. Most important, kids need to know that it is not okay to bully or be bullied, and that there is support if they struggle with this issue.

If a bullying situation arises, document everything that has happened, including dates, places, and the parties involved. If a child has been injured or their property has been damaged, or if the bullying has taken place online or via text, take pictures or screenshots. Immediately report the problem in writing to a teacher, school counselor, social worker, or principal and ask for help.

When reporting the problem, it is important to do so calmly, and to ask about what solutions may be offered such as disciplinary action, changes in classroom, schools, or bus-stops for your child or the bully, and preventative measures to avoid future problems.

If kids or parents are unable to get help from staff at their school, they can reach out to the school’s district office, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and if necessary, contact police. They can also contact our Call 4 Action office for help. For more information on how to stop bullying, click here.