My 10 yr old girl & a 10 yr old girl both pushed each other at school during soccer.  The Mom is talking about prosecuting attorneys.  What can she do?The other child has bullied my child...

My 10 yr old girl & a 10 yr old girl both pushed each other at school during soccer.  The Mom is talking about prosecuting attorneys.  What can she do?

The other child has bullied my child for the last two years.  But, the mother is well connected and related to half of the county so nothing is ever said to the girl.  This is the first time that my child has pushed back.  I don't think this is a matter for the courts, but I am unfamiliar with the law concerning this matter.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Laws on bullying differ from state to state (see examples below); however, most states do have a least some laws dealing with bullying between minors.  Honestly, I don't think I would be too concerned about legal ramifications with 10 year olds.  Unless this is a repeat incident, I doubt any prosecutor would take the case. 

With that said, do you have any evidence of the other child bullying your daughter?  You stated that the other child has been bullying your daughter for the last two years.  Do you have any incident reports or other proof of these incidents?  It might be good to put them together in some type of notebook just in case.  It might also be a good idea to set up an appointment with the school counselor or principal and try to come to some sort of understanding.

The school officials are going to be the first step, even for the other mother.  It might be good to go ahead and try to work something out with them before the other mother can push things out of hand. If the school officials won't listen, considering making an appointment with the superintendent or school board. If this other child has been a problem before, I would certainly see what can be done to separate the children at school.  No child should have to put up with bullying in an educational environment.

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