Dear Abby: What to do when bullying crosses the line

Posted: May 29, 2012

DEAR ABBY: I am a retired New York City police officer and a resource officer at two high schools in Brooklyn. I must comment on the letter you printed from "Worried About My Boy in Tulsa," whose 7-year-old is bullied. If a child hits another child so hard that medical attention is required, it is an assault. The police should have been notified and appropriate law enforcement action taken.

The school then has cause to remove the violent child and have him/her placed in an education program better suited for violent children. The statute of limitations is not out, so the police can still be contacted as soon as possible by this parent.

— Jim C.

DEAR JIM: Many readers pointed out that this incident went beyond bullying into assault, and offered advice to "Worried" on this troubling but prevalent issue. Other comments:

DEAR ABBY: If "Worried’s" son is injured at school again, she needs to take him to an emergency room and have the injuries documented. While there, she should call 9-1-1 and report the assault to the police. She should start the report with this sentence: "I’d like to report an assault on my child." If she says he is being "bullied," they may not take her as seriously.

— Concerned Gran in Oklahoma

DEAR ABBY: Please tell "Worried in Tulsa" to call all of her local TV stations and ask for an interview. That will probably get some action.

— Lou Ann W.

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