Childhood Bullying

"People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children."

-Bill Watterson, Creator of Calvin and Hobbes

Being a kid has always been tough. Growing up, figuring things out, and learning how to deal with others while learning how to deal with yourself...daunting tasks indeed. And, if trying to figure out your own life is not tough enough, many kids have to face the cruel barbs and taunts of other kids. Yep, we all know it is true; kids can be cruel, very cruel.

What can a parent do? What does the law of the State of Ohio do to protect kids from bullies, both human and cyber-bullies?

In 2007, Ohio enacted a law (Ohio Revised Code §3313.666) dealing with school bullies. The new law requires the Board of Education of each district to develop an anti-bullying policy for all kids in the district and to report all incidents of bullying. Further, the law requires that the policy provide a way to protect the victim of bullying and harassment from further assault. Also, this law insulates anyone who reports a bully from being sued for reporting the bully, as long as the report was genuine and made with an attempt to help.

Sound good? Maybe. But as in many cases, the law can only go so far. The new law does not create any new right to sue the school district should the policy fail. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this law or need guidance about bullying.