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We need anti-bullying bill, but schools need control

April 9, 2013

The Minnesota Catholic Conference wants private religious schools to be exempt from the requirements in the bill known as the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, and last week, the Archdiocese......

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Apr-09-13 1:10 PM

The quickest way to stop bullying is to get a lawyer and go after the school, bully, parents, etc. Report the abuse immediately to the local police and local attorney. Make bullying have real consequences to those who practice it and those who allow it to happen.

I an tell you that this works.

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Apr-12-13 8:02 PM

I knew this would be an issue close to al's heart and I agree with his passion. Can every family afford to see a lawyer? Which lawyers would be willing to move forward on such a case (beside the greedy ones)? I think the problem is the school acting on bullying. Sounds good when they talk about it, but when it comes down to crunch time there are too many weenies in the school system.

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Apr-13-13 6:31 PM

We came out ahead on the financial side, common. We had a good lawyer.

Sorry for your own experiences with greedy ones.

There is legal help for almost everyone, if you look.

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Apr-15-13 6:58 PM

And here I thought your point of view was to help others. I have no experience in court with litigious people like yourself or prod, so I am an amateur. I was hoping people could figure out how to work things out without wasting tax dollars in court.

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Apr-18-13 8:44 AM

Common, if your kid was bullied and assaulted I doubt you would be so smug about this.

So it would be a waste of time and taxpayer money if I came over to your house, whacked you around, and sent you to the emergency room? Or are you just talking about"other people"?

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Apr-18-13 12:49 PM

rangeral, please let me know if you contacted a lawyer first or the police. We've tried to get the school to keep our child safe all year with no luck. I'd like some help please. Sorry you went through this as well.

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Apr-18-13 7:19 PM

We took our son to his pediatrician, where his injuries were documented - big shot football players hitting the PE kids with wiffle bats, then the next morning I went to a lawyer's office and together we first visited the police (sheriff's office) and then had a meeting in the afternoon with the principal. The next day I went to the district attorney's office and filed a formal complaint.

Two school employees ended up getting fired and we sued in civil court.

My son does have learning disabilities. The school district did not want to fight an Americans with Disabilities lawsuit.

I was satisfied with firings, the public apologies by the bullies in an open assembly, meetings with the parents and meetings with school administrators. I did threaten criminal charges if there wasn't a quick and fair resolution.

My son was never picked on again.

If you are dealing with non-physical bullying, still see your pediatrician. the mental scars are just as real as the physical ones and

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Apr-18-13 7:20 PM

...are cause for action.

You have to act firmly and decisively.

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Apr-18-13 9:19 PM

Well, its some of both physical and mental, but the physical isn't enough that it has caused injury, just pain. I do have an apt. for my child with a counselor, in sioux falls, no one was available here and the school only provides service to the bully! So hopefully the counselor will help and the other childs threats of death should be enough. I just want the school to do what they say they will, protect my child.

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Apr-18-13 9:47 PM

I think the best way to stop bullying is though fair firm and consistent parenting. As parents, we need to be in touch with our kids, their activites and their demeanor. Looking the other way when your child is the bully is not acceptable. It is a total lack of parental guidance. Legislation isn't the answer. You cannot legislate values, discipline and decency. You have to parent that.

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Apr-18-13 9:51 PM

Unfortunately not all parents care if their child is the bully. When your child is the one being bullied and is one of the non-rule breakers it makes it difficult especially when the other children are afraid to tell.

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Apr-18-13 10:28 PM

sadmommy - you have grounds to go after both the bully and the school. See both the counselor and a lawyer. It is physical and mental.

Now the bully may have some issues but either the school and his parents deal with them or you can get him kicked out of that school.

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