Schools and Parents Must Be Held Accountable for Bullying

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Bullying and cyber-bullying have increased tremendously in past six years. With the increased popularity of Facebook, bullies are finding a new way of tormenting victims. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens, with bullying being one of the leading causes. Legal standings on who is accountable have not been clear and when cases are brought forth the infrequent use of laws holding parents and schools responsible is glaring. It is time to make bigger strides on holding parents and school officials responsible for the bullying that occurs within the community. Civil suits are filed at an alarming rate but criminal charges are not considered in some bullying cases. Children are not being led by example but left to think their actions are correct when no parent or school faculty member intervenes. Documentation and no action are simply not enough anymore. School officials sometimes blame the victim and encourage them to transfer to other schools. This should be eliminated as an option. Parents need to be paying closer attention to what goes on under their own roof, with concern that they could be held liable for any criminal acts and schools need to implement anti-bullying rules and offer appropriate reconciliation options or face the consequences of loss of funding and criminal charges. No parent should have to worry about incurring debt by continuous medical bills, legal battles, or worse funeral arrangements. Bullying: Schools and Parents Accountability Who is responsible for the victims’ pain and financial expenses? How often have you turned on your television to watch the news and hear of a child committing suicide due to bullying or cyber-bullying? Studies have shown an increase of bullying in today’s society... ... middle of paper ... ...ext. Web. Retrieved from Maag, J.W., & Katsiyannis, A. (Feb 2012). Bullying and students with disabilities: Legal and Practice Considerations. Behavioral Disorders, volume 37, 78-86. Retrieved from McGrath, M.J. (2006). School bullying: Tools for avoiding harm and liability. Thousand Oaks, California. Corwin Press. 55-62, 177-182.
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