Child bullying has become a national problem. Over 71% of children report that bullying is a problem in their schools. For younger children, bullying is even more of a problem, with over 90% of 4th through 8th graders reporting that they are being bullied at school.
By law, Missouri schools are required to implement anti-bullying policies to protect your children. Sometimes, however, schools cannot or will not intervene in ways that protect your children from the ongoing effects of physical violence or harassment from other students. As technology has become part of our daily lives, often the harassment does not end at school. Through the use of the internet, cell phones, and other mobile devices, children have the ability to harass their peers around the clock.
If your child has been a victim of bullying or harassment, you have options available to you to protect your child. In 2011, the Missouri legislature passed new laws that allow parents to petition the court for an Order of Protection on behalf of their children to stop another child perpetrator from stalking and harassing their child. Allow our St. Louis County family lawyers to step in on your behalf and fight for the proper protection you need.
In order to obtain an Order of Protection against a child bully who is not a “household member,” you must show that the person actively “stalking” your child.
Stalking is defined as the following:
“Alarm” in this situation means to cause fear of danger of physical harm. “Course of conduct” means a pattern of conduct composed of repeated acts over a period of time, however short, that serves no legitimate purpose. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to, following the other person or unwanted communication or unwanted contact. “Repeated” means two or more incidents evidencing a continuity of purpose.
At Coulter Lambson, LLC we will take the time to listen to your concerns and understand your child’s unique needs. We will work with you to create and implement a comprehensive plan of action to protect your child from bullying.
Depending on your situation, that may include:
School and cyber-bullying can often result in tragic outcomes and harm the reputations of innocent people. The St. Louis County family law attorneys at Coulter Lambson have experience in dealing with cyber-bullying and school bullying cases and are ready to discuss your options during a free, one-hour consultation at our St. Charles or Clayton offices.
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