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Middle School Girl Arrested For Bullying

Parents in New York, do you know if your child is protected from bullying at school? Bullying is a serious offense on the playground, even among the youngest of children. Police in Stamford have recently arrested a 12-year-old girl for bullying a 13-year-old by constantly harassing, pushing, and intimidating her, WTNH-TV reports.

Bullying is a crime and can result in consequences for your young one(s). With that said, what do you need to know about bullying in general in New York? Here's an overview:

Different Kinds of Bullying

Bullying is a general term that refers to any acts committed by a student that causes harm to another student. Here are some common types of bullying:

  • Cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying refers to any kind of harassment over the Internet or through technology. This includes texting, emailing, or even posting harassing content on another student's social media page.
  • Assault. Assault can also qualify as bullying, and it happens when one student places another student in immediate fear of offensive contact. This includes actions such as threats or intimidation.
  • Sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a serious crime and can refer to a number of actions. Usually, it entails unwanted sexual advances that can be expressed verbally through comments or physically through a poke or grope.

A fair number of states, including New York, have passed anti-bullying laws that address these above-mentioned types of bullying and others. Under New York education law, there must be a school-safety policy or procedure to address and prevent bullying. There must also be a procedure in place that ensures the appropriate law enforcement officials are contacted in the event of a violent bullying incident.

Report Bullying

If your child is the victim of bullying, make sure that you report it. Schools will generally have a legal duty to rescue for the students in their care during school hours, and if they fail to do so, they could be liable for negligence.

If your child's school is not properly addressing the situation, you can report the bullying to the police. Make sure to request and obtain a police report for any future legal actions.

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