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Profile of a victim of bullying

There is no one-size-fits-all description of a typical bullying victim, despite the fact that the entertainment media often portrays a victim as small and thin or, in the case of a girl, a person with a less than perfect figure or with some odd social quirks. The reality is, and it bears repeating often, that anyone can be the victim of bullying just as anyone can be a bully.

Changes to Alabama anti-bullying laws slow to take effect

October is Anti-Bullying Awareness month, and many states have taken action by passing laws addressing this important issue. Alabama is one of these states that passed a law last spring in which school districts were to comply with certain anti-bullying guidelines. However, the school districts still haven't received the instructions about how they are to do so.

How must schools address bullying under federal law?

Bullying is a serious issue in schools in Alabama and nationwide. However, it may surprise you to hear that no federal law directly prohibits the act of bullying. However, sometimes bullying also falls under the umbrella of unlawful discriminatory harassment against someone in a protected class. These protected classes include a student's religion, age, sex, race, color, disability and national origin. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education are responsible for enforcing cases of bullying that also constitute illegal discriminatory harassment.

What can parents do when their child is bullied?

There are many concerns parents here in Alabama may have at the start of a new school year. This includes concerns about the possibility of their child facing bullying. Unfortunately, bullying is something a fair number of U.S. students end up experiencing. National data points to 28 percent of students in grades 6 to 12 being bullied.

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