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To stop bullying, educate yourself

Rick Thanstrom Grangeville, ID

In response to the letter [Jan. 15 issue] by Ginger Cornia re: bullying at GEMS: There is something you can do. Educate yourself to school policy and the law. The school rules and policies are all on line at www.sd244.org. The legal statutes regarding bullying are at http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title18/T18CH9SECT18-917A.htm. Go to the principal with a list of your concerns in writing and demand that immediate action be taken to prevent your child from being bullied/harmed. Bullying is not just physical, it can be verbal as well. If the principal fails to respond to your satisfaction take your concerns in writing to the superintendent. I hope by this point the problem is solved by the school administration to your satisfaction. If it is not, bullying is a crime, so is assault. Call the police and request a report be taken for bullying/assault or whatever crime is applicable to your situation. Explain to the police officer what steps you have taken and what the school has or has not done to remedy the situation and that you believe your child is still at risk of harm.

There are further steps, but I recommend exhausting all of these potential remedies before moving forward. Remember, you are not alone.

Sadly this has happened, and is likely currently happening to others. If you do nothing you are sentencing your child to a future of victimization. Show your child you love them and are willing to stand up for them and do what it takes to protect them.

Rick Thanstrom

Grangeville

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