Bullying and Harassment Attorney in York, PA
We all hope that when our children go to school, they are surrounded by friends, good teachers, and a positive learning environment. Unfortunately, some students harass others to the point of bullying. Bullying can take many forms, including verbal, social, and physical. Signs of bullying can range from physical symptoms, like unexplained injuries and destroyed personal items, to depression and feigning sickness to avoid school. The effects of bullying can be detrimental. If you believe that your child is the victim of bullying at school and the administration has failed to act to protect your child, contact the attorneys at Anderson, Converse & Fennick today.
What is bullying?
Bullying can be defined as the intimidation, mistreatment, or harm of a vulnerable individual by another individual who believes that he or she is stronger or more powerful. This aggressive behavior is often intentional and can include physical, emotional, and verbal abuse. Pennsylvania laws require that if a school learns that your child is being bullied, it must take steps to remedy the situation. However, schools don’t always take effective steps to prevent bullying.
Pennsylvania Bullying Laws
The State of Pennsylvania and the Department of Education have taken steps to ensure that bullying prevention efforts and laws have been put in place. Pennsylvania’s definition of bullying is “an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or a series of acts that occur in a school setting and:
- is severe, persistent or pervasive;
- is directed towards one or more other students;
- seriously disrupts or impedes a child’s education;
- creates a dangerous environment for the student; and
- substantially interferes with the peaceful operation of the school.
Schools are required to stop bullying that occurs on school grounds, in school vehicles, at bus stops, or anywhere else that is school-supervised or school-sponsored. If you believe that your child has been the victim of school-related bullying, you need to take the right steps to ensure the school takes its responsibilities seriously. You should be aware that federal law requires schools to investigate the matter promptly and take the necessary actions to prevent such bullying from happening again in the future.
Contact a Pennsylvania Anti-Bullying Attorney
If your child has become the victim of bullying, it is important to notify the school in writing as soon as possible. It is important to work with your school to combat the bullying of your child. The legal team at Anderson, Converse & Fennick understands that it can be heartbreaking for you to learn that your child has fallen victim to bullying. Our firm has worked for years to hold schools accountable when they fail to protect students from bullies. Our attorneys are compassionate and sympathetic to the situation at hand. We are ready to fight on your child’s behalf and help him or her feel safe at school again. For strong legal representation when it matters most, contact our firm today.