Being proactive against bullying

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Being proactive against bullying

If parents are wondering what is a tangible, real step that they can take in combatting bullying, from my perspective as an attorney for families of children that are the victims of bullying, what they need to do is be vocal about stopping bullying, not just to their own children but wherever they see it. You know how school districts have handbooks that talk about what their policies are against bullying. In almost every one I’ve looked at, there’s always a bullet point that says be proactive, be affirmative. If you see bullying, stop it. Step up. And put yourself between the bully and the victim. And make it clear to the bully that what they’re doing is not okay. That’s what parents need to do. When any child gets bullied, it’s every child that is being bullied. So parents cannot look at this as though it is someone else’s problem. Someone from the wrong side of town or with a darker complexion or from a different religion or children who have a different sexual preference. It’s a collective problem, it’s a societal problem, it’s a problem that the community has to deal with as a whole. And parents need to be very strong and confident about stopping bullying when they see it. If they see it on the playgrounds, in the classroom, at after school events, at sports leagues. If they see bullying occurring, stop it. Step up. Tell the bully that you can’t do this. Tell the bully’s parents. Make sure that they’re aware of what’s happening. The more parents get involved, the more children will realize that what they’re doing is not okay. We’ve come to a point in our society where bullying is more than verbal teasing. It’s resulting in deaths, stabbings, gruesome horrible vicious attacks that children are perpetrating on each other. And these are not always college students. These are middle school students. These are young, 5 and 6, 8-year-olds that are picking up guns and shooting each other. It’s gone to a point where it has to stop. It starts with every parent taking a step up, being proactive, and making it clear vocally that it’s never okay. It doesn’t matter if it’s happening to their child or any other child. It just has to stop.

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Rabeh M. A. Soofi is a managing attorney of a Los Angeles, California-based law firm.  Rabeh spent most of her career at a large national law firm of 300+ attorneys representing Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, government agencies, and other high-profile clients in multi-million and billion dollar disputes.  Rabeh has a broad practice which spans multiple practice areas, serving diverse clients including individuals, families, children  and numerous others.  Rabeh is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in Southern California by SuperLawyers and Los Angeles Magazine, as well as being honored multiple times as a “Top Attorney – Rising Star” by SuperLawyers, awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under 40.  Rabeh is rated as a “Superb” lawyer by, and ranked 10 / 10 for her experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct.  Rabeh has been recognized as a “Future Star” by Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Firms and Attorneys.Rabeh has provided legal commentary and interviews on a variety of legal matters and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Public Radio International, Yahoo! Channel Seven, Orange County’s KM 640 AM, Random House, ALM /, Digital Journal, RFI – Radio France Internationale, Times Dispatch, Malaysia Star Online, National Law Review, Georgetown University Law Center, Lexis-Nexis, American Bar Association, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Iowa Gazette, and others media outlets.Rabeh received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, and two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan. She received legal training in the City of Chicago’s Corporate Counsel’s office, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Law School.Rabeh has provided over 700+ hours of pro bono service to individuals, families, and children of modest means, and has s volunteered substantial time and provided financial assistance to support a variety of charitable organizations, holding leadership positions in several, including  the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Law Center / Kid’s Voice, Homeless Shelter Legal Aid Project, Mid East West Foundation, List Project, IMANI Aid Foundation, Mid East West Foundation, Heartland Pro Bono Council, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, and others.

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