Police warn that bullying is against the law

Police warn that bullying is against the law

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - School just started and already parents are worried about that their kids are being bullied. Authorities want parents to know that they need to be involved in helping to make sure your child is safe at school.

Sgt Chad Parker with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office knows bullying in school can happen at any time. He said that's why he and a team of deputies go to different schools to talk to students about this serious issue.

“We give the students an education as far as what bullying actually is, how to identify it and once you identify it what to do with that information,” said Parker.

What you can do with that informationis to let law enforcement know.

Sgt. Don Stone with Crime Stoppers said bullying is now against the law. He wants kids to contact them if they are being bulled or see it happening to someone else.

“We will actually pay a cash reward to the caller that reports a bullying incident to us,” said Stone “If that incident is followed up by that particular school system and some type of disciplinary action is taken."

Ultimately, Stone said the push back against bullying needs to start at home.

“I like to see the parents talk to their kids about bullying and let them know signs of bullying and what to look for,” said Stone. “Their kids may be that bully and don't even know it.

If you're a victim of bullying, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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