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Psychological Effects of Bullying in Long Island Schools

Bullying on Long Island can be seen through many instances, such as psychological, physical, verbal, sexual, and racial. Bullying cases are very critical and require a great amount of research to be conducted. One of our bullying cases involves a 13 year old middle school student from Long Island who was continuously bullied for several years. He was brutally abused physically, verbally, and psychologically, ultimately needing to see a psychiatrist. He was admitted to a hospital on Long Island for attempted suicide and suicidal thoughts for about a week.

Investigate the School Adminstration If Your Child Suffered Injuries from Bullying

Through investigations we discovered that the school administration (teachers, principals and the dean of the middle school) knew about the issues and failed to address them. In fact, it seemed as though they purposely ignored the complaints and pleadings of concerned parents, and even tried to blame him for the whole incident. The school system had let this young man “fall through the cracks.”

At this point, we are attempting to resolve the case. This can take time because of the involvement of the tricky injuries, such as the psychological issues, which are more difficult to put a value on. According to stopbullying.gov, many bullying incidents can lead to suicide risk, including problems at home, trauma and depression. For this case, much research had to be done and all types of discovery had to be conducted in order to ascertain the maximum compensation for the child.

As a parent or guardian, your heart aches at the thought of your child being bullied, and you may feel helpless or think that getting involved will only make the bullying get worse. That is not true, follows these steps if your child has fallen victim to bullying.

What you need to do if your child is being bullied:

  • Talk to your child.
  • Put the school on notice.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher, guidance counselor or anyone else you think can help.
  • Keep accurate detailed records.
  • Document any injuries sustained.
  • If your child is being cyberbullied, print out all conversations and save everything.
  • Notify the police.
  • Call an attorney if the situation is getting worse.

Contact our experienced Long Island personal injury attorneys today and we can discuss possible legal action and other steps you can take to help put an end to bullying. We provide free consultations with no obligations. Our lawyers are compassionate listeners and will speak to you to answer any of your questions, let you know your legal options and discuss the best course of action.

In addition, you can download our free, helpful resource The Bullying Legal Guide: An Essential Parent Resource on Bullying and the Law to learn more.

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