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Bullying Laws: Child Safety Advocates Argue that the Laws Are Weak and Rarely Enforced

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Forty four states have bullying laws in place that deal with the real problem of bullying schools. According to a recent article in the Gainesville (Florida) Sun Newspaper, many of the bullying laws that are in place lack solid enforcement powers and / or are not enforced by the school or school district. The implementation of bullying laws is certainly progress since these laws did not exist years ago; however, there is a real problem with the lack of enforcement of these laws or more simply stated consequences to those who commit acts of bullying in schools. Many parents, with children who have been the victims of bullying, are frustrated with the system in place in various States. Since bullying laws are relatively new and many school administrators do not known how to or when to enforce the laws, many acts of bullying continue to go unpunished.

If your child has been the victim of a bully in a school system, it is important to review the applicable bullying laws and the school board procedures for dealing with a bully. In some cases, it may be helpful to get advice from a child injury lawyer or an education lawyer.