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Parents of Bullied Children Can Fight Problem

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STEPHENS CO. Okla_ In the state of Oklahoma, more than 10,000 students were bullied last year.

It has become an all-too-common act, and at times it has terrible outcomes. Oklahoma schools are required to have some sort of anti-bullying policy, but unfortunately, some schools are still not handling bullying cases properly.

7News gets calls all the time from people who say their children are being bullied, and nothing is being done. A parent called Monday, saying his son has been bullied, and the principal responded with "boys will be boys."

Silke Boatman is another parent whose child is being bullied. Boatman said she has gone to the principal and was told it would be taken care of.

"How do you have it under control when my daughter comes home with bruises from school and doesn't want to go back to school and is crying?" Boatman asks. "What is there under control?"

Boatman said her child was bullied after she first spoke to them, so she went to the principal again and was told they'd keep an eye on her child. According to the State Department of Education web site, Boatman's next steps are to go up the chain of command; she should contact the superintendent and the local school board. The site has multiple tips on how to prevent bullying and what to do if nothing is being done about it.

Other than tips on how to prevent bullying, you'll find tips on how to notify school administrators and forms like a bullying investigation form. They suggest filling out the form and presenting it to a school administrator, so an investigation must be done. If it does come down to it, and your student is assaulted or threatened, do not hesitate to call your local law enforcement.

For Boatman, that may be a close step.

"I'm scared that one day I'm going to come home from work or get a phone call from the police station that one of them kids beat her up," she said.

The forms on the web site are not only forms for investigation. The site has letter templates to give to a principal if bullying is going on. It also has bullying warning sign brochures, and even lesson plans for teachers to teach against bullying.

Visit that site here.


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