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Massachusetts School Enforces Bullying Law – 11 Year Old Suspended from School Bus and Charged with Assault and Battery

By Ryan E. Alekman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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An 11-year-old boy of Salisbury, Massachusetts has been charged with assault and battery under the state’s anti-bullying law. According to authorities, the boy hit a smaller student with a backpack and slapped him, leaving a hand impression, while on a school bus. The boy has been indefinitely suspended from all bus privileges. The state’s anti-bullying laws encourage students to come forward with incidences of bullying. With the anti-bullying laws children feel something will actually get done and they will be taken seriously if they do come forward. Under the law, schools must have plans in effect regarding how to hand incidences of bullying and all incidents must be reported to local law enforcement. The 11-year-old boy who was charged reportedly has a history of bullying. After the most recent incident on the school bus, Salisbury police school resource officer Mike Adler began to assist in the investigation. Using the state’s anti-bullying laws against student bullies shows victims they will be taken seriously and will be safe at school in the future. For more read Massachusetts uses anti-bullying laws to charge 11-year-old boy after incident on school bus.