Bullying: when should you call law enforcement?


How can you protect your children when they’ve been bullied at school?

“First, it’s important to recognize there is a difference between normal kid behavior and bullying,” said attorney Cheryl Gill. “Kids can be mean, but there is a difference between someone saying ‘I don’t like you’ and bullying, which has to be with intent to harm or harass.”

The time to call police or a lawyer is when a student’s action has crossed a line — perhaps into something physical or truly threatening. If you do not receive appropriate action at school, you might then call police or hire a lawyer.

Unfortunately, even putting your child in another school may not end the problem. “You could pull your child out of school and put him in another, but bullying could go on there as well,” Gill said.

Information provided by Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC. For a consumer attorney in La Crosse, call us at 608-784-5678.

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