Taking legal action against bullying

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There are two types of actions that parents can take if their children are being bullied. Number one involves restraining orders and cease and desist demands. These types of orders are proper when the child is in the middle of being bullied, the bullying is going on on an ongoing basis. And the purpose of the action is to stop it. It’s to get the school to take more action and somehow stop the bully or to let the bully’s parents know that they need to better parent the bully and halt the bullying from taking place. If there has not been a physical injury, that’s the appropriate action to take. In that circumstance, the parents should contact a lawyer with experience in schools and bullying and ask the lawyer to prepare a cease and desist demand. The demand can go to the school, the superintendent, the district, and ask for the school to supervise the two together, maybe separate the two if they’re in the same class, or have more classroom supervision. On the other hand the cease and desist demand can go to the parents of the bully. Perhaps the parents of the bully isn’t even aware that their child is being a bully. Oftentimes though, bullies come from households where they’ve been bullied. I was involved in a case once where a child was being a terrible bully to other children in the neighborhood and it turned out that he was being very badly bullied by an older sibling. So it tends to run in families. These things are rarely isolated incidents on their own. So cease and desist demands can be sent to the bully’s family. On the other hand, if the child has been seriously hurt in an accident where he or she might be incurring medical bills, permanent treatment, an extended requirement that physicians be consultant, maybe even reconstructive surgery if it’s a really bad accident, the proper thing to do is bring a lawsuit. A lawyer can help determine which path should be followed. But at any point if a parent suspects their child is being bullied, it’s never too early to consult with a lawyer.

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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 Avvo.com, 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 / Law.com, 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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