Police Enforceable Anti-bullying Laws in Tennessee
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My 13 year old son is mentally ill and is on the brink of suicide due to bullying in the schools. He was institutionalized in December of 2016 as a direct result of ongoing bullying on the school bus and in school. He was treated for suicidal idealization and psychosis. On April 12, 2017, his bully told him to go kill himself and the only thing that happened to the bully was ISS for 3 days. That day was a milestone for my son because that was the day he was released from intense therapy. On Friday, May 12, 2017 the bully started threatening my son and attempted to hit him in lunch. My son hit him and the both of them where placed in ISS, no questions asked by the principal. Monday, May 15, 2017, the principal pulled my son out of ISS and started threatening him with expulsion, mind you he had NEVER been in trouble in school before while this bully has instigated more fights in the entire school than any of the previous years and yet has remained allowed in the school. Now my son faces even more therapy because of this.
I, as any mother I would hope, contacted the school board, the Sheriff, the school Resource Officer, the DA's office, the TBI, Juvenile Services, countless lawyers, and a State Representative to find out what I could do to help my child. They all told me the same thing, NOTHING! I was informed there was no standing law that allows for the police to step in and help these children or adults. I am sure there are many more out there in our state that are being bullied and someone has to stand up and put a stop to it.
I don't just want to protect my son but also all school age children; as well as children and adults with mental illnesses. This has to stop and as a parent I implore you Mr. Wirgau to start a law to get this in the motion as this is in YOUR county, Benton County, as well as all over the state.
"Bullying can have a lasting effect on a person's mental health: A new study finds that children who were bullied frequently when they were 8 years old were more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder that needed treatment as an adult, compared with kids who were not bullied." http://www.livescience.com/53034-childhood-bullying-lasting-mental-health-effects.html
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