If your child is being ridiculed, harassed, humiliated, or intimated by other students while at school, then he might be a victim of bullying. This occurs any time a student or group of students hurt another child intentionally with actions or words. If you suspect your child is experiencing this, keep a written log of the bullying incidents he reports to you. Write a letter to the teacher, then consult with her and the guidance counselor to discuss the matter. Follow up the meeting with a "thank you" letter, outlining the actions the teacher promised to take.

Letter to the Teacher

Address the teacher by full name at the beginning of the letter in the form of "Dear M(r)s.".

Explain that your child has informed you that he has been bullied by a fellow classmate on several occasions. List two or three occasions briefly, if applicable.

State your concern in addition to how the bullying is affecting your son's ability to learn, make friends or participate in activities. Note any patterns in declining grades or disengagement that support your argument.

End the paragraph by asking if you can set up a meeting at the teacher's earliest convenience.

Provide your contact information and your dates of availability.

Mail a copy of the letter to your child's guidance counselor and his principal, who might both be willing to participate in the meeting and even address bullying policies.

Store a copy of the letter in your child's bullying log in case you decide to take legal action in the future.

"Thank You" Letter to the Teacher

Address the teacher by full name at the beginning of the letter in the form of "Dear M(r)s.".

Thank the teacher for her time regarding your bullying complaints.

List the actions decided on during the meeting as a reminder to the teacher. Use bullet points, if necessary.

Say that you look forward to meeting with your teacher once more to discuss your child's progress. Provide dates of availability if the meeting time was not previously arranged.

Store a copy of the "thank you" letter in your child's bullying log.