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What to do if bullying affects your child

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Tell the school what's happening immediately and file a police report if needed. Tell the school what's happening immediately and file a police report if needed.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

We're amazed at how many reports of bullying we've gotten from parents this school year.    One recent case at Glover middle school has apparently gotten physical. 

"I don't know what to do," says Ken about the situation affecting his 15 year old daughter. 

Ken knows inside the wall of his North Spokane home, he can protect his daughter, but at school it's a whole different story.   

"She was afraid to go to school this morning," says Ken.   

"She says she got pushed and kicked in the bathroom," Ken tells KHQ, and now he feels helpless.   

"My daughter has been really angry at me for doing anything because she doesn't want it to get worse," says Ken.  "I just can't do nothing.  I need to do something."

Ken is in a situation many parents face.  What do you do? How do you deal with the school?  Here's a quick lesson for parents who believe their child is being bullied. 

1.  Tell the school what's happening immediately and file a police report if needed. 

2. Create a safety plan with the school for your child.  Also allow time for investigation into the incident. 

3.  If after a reasonable amount of time passes and you still feel like nothing is being done, fill out a bullying and harassment form http://swcontent.spokaneschools.org/cms/lib/WA01000970/Centricity/Domain/27/_files/Harrassment_Intimidation_Bullying_Form.pdf

"If a physical assault took place, or if a student feels unsafe at school, we need to know about it," says Kevin Morrison, Spokesperson for Spokane public school district.   

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