Los Angeles County school bullies can quickly pinpoint any student whom they feel is different from them. Sadly, this often means that Special Needs students are easy targets for bullies who believe that they are smarter, better looking or more popular than they are. This can be a matter of great concern to parents who will want to learn tips for decreasing bullying against their children, teach their children how to deal with bullies and deal with the school administration over bullying.
Federal law protects children, including Special Needs Children, who are being bullied or harassed specifically when the bullying is based on a disability or when the bullying deprives the child of their educational rights. This is a matter for a professional attorney well-versed in Special Education to take up with the schools and the courts.
However, parents can take several steps to decrease or prevent the bullying or harassment in the first place and to protect their children from the bullies. First, they must be very aware of any traits that their children are displaying that are a reaction to bullying, such as withdrawal from activities the child used to find fun, depression or unusual anxiety. If parents notice these traits, they should discuss the possibility of bullying with their children. In addition, parents need to immediately bring their concerns to their children’s teachers who should be expected to address the bullying promptly. Parents should be sure to document all of their concerns as well as dates, times and, if possible, pictures of the bullying or physical effects of the bullying.
Unresolved bullying can lead to poor grades, difficulty concentrating in school, missed school days and even physical maladies. It must be addressed immediately with the teacher and the school district. If these steps do not effect any change, parents must be prepared to find Legal Representation to make things right for their children.