When is a school required to take action to try to stop bullying?

Generally, when schools become aware of bullying, they must take prompt action to investigate it, followed by steps to try to stop it.  These duties are a school’s responsibility even if a student hasn’t complained.

But if schools don’t know about the bullying, they can’t be expected to stop it.  To protect your legal rights, it’s best to report the bullying.  Follow the school’s procedures for reporting bullying.  If that doesn’t help, make sure to report the incidents to the principal and superintendent because they have authority to take corrective action.

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