Bullying

BULLYING INFORMATION

Texas Schools, Bullying and the Law

Bullying, including cyberbullying, is at the top of the list of concerns for many parents and educators. In 2011, Texas House Bill 1942 was passed to address how schools must make their campuses safer for all students specifically regarding the issues of bullying and cyberbullying. The Texas School Safety Center has created a short video that explains Texas HB 1942 in simple terms that administrators, teachers, and parents can easily understand. We hope this video assists you in helping make each school throughout Texas safer for all students. Please feel free to contact the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University-San Marcos with any questions or requests for additional resources, including training on bullying and cyberbullying.

Identifying the Effects of Bullying

As a parent, you may suspect your child is being bullied. If you are not quite sure, review these common signs to help you recognize if bullying is occurring. Your child may:

  • Come home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
  • Have unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches from fighting
  • Have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends time
  • Seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities with
  • Peers (such as clubs or sports)
  • Take a long, "illogical" route when walking to or from school
  • Lose interest in school work or suddenly begin to do poorly in school
  • Appear sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home
  • Complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems
  • Have trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams
  • Experience a loss of appetite
  • Appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem