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SELECTED 2013-2018

Jacksonville Bully Attorney

What is a Bully?

By definition, a bully is a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. Psychology Today attributes the bullying behavior to lack of parenting at an early age and “…not handling well…the normal aggression of two-year-olds.” On the other side, the victims might be sought out and targeted for having a lack of assertiveness.

Cyber Bullying

With the World Wide Web connecting us all with one touch of the mouse, bullying has reached a much larger audience, and that humiliation of the victim bares an increasing amount of weight. New method of cyberbullying includes the sharing of menacing gossips, embarrassing photos and even video tapes of the instances of bullying violence.


Florida Laws

Florida Law protects victims from bullies by allowing them to file an Injunction for Protection, sometime called a “Protective Order” which does not allow the aggressor to come within 500 feet of the victim, or contact the victim in anyway. Protecting the victims family, if needed, is also an option. There are several types of Injunctions that protect us from bullies. The one used for youth bullying cases would be the Repeat Violence Injunction. If the offender has a history of two or more instances of violence, this would apply. We have successfully argued that only one act of violence is necessary for children.

Statistics on Bullying (nationwide)

  • 60% of bullies have been charged with a crime by age 24
  • Bullying is a form of child abuse and 4 out of 10 children will drop out of high school this year because they are being bullied at school or abused at home.
  • Every 7 minutes a child is bullied; 85% of the time, there is no intervention of any kind
  • Each day, 160,000 students miss school due to bullying
  • Bullying is a leading factor in suicide among kids 11-16 years old
  • 34% of all children report being bullied regularly at least several times a year
  • 86% of children aged 12-15 report at least some form of bullying has interfered with their studies moderately or severely
  • 43% of middle school children avoid the bathroom and locker rooms at all costs due to certainty of being bullied

Statistics on Bullying (nationwide)

  • 1 of every 4 children is more than occasionally cyber-bullied
  • More than 25 million families are currently traumatized by bullying in the U.S. today
  • When polled, 98% of students indicated that they want teachers to intervene
  • According to a 2011 Harvard School of Health Study, male bullies are nearly four times as likely as non-bullies to grow up to physically or sexually abuse their female partners
  • In schools where there are anti bullying programs, bullying is reduced by 50%
  • Bullying was a factor in 2/3 of the 37 school shootings reviewed by the US Secret Service
  • Recent bullying studies have found that schools that had a more intense bullying atmosphere, passing rates on standardized tests in such subjects as algebra, earth science and world history were 3 to 6% lower
  • For more articles on bullying, see www.solutionsforbullying.com 
For more statistics and current legislative info, see http://bullypolice.org, http://safeyouth.gov andhttp://bullying.gov. * Statistics from ‘Team Up To Stop Bullying’ and Sears

How to Prevent Bullying

Consequences for aggression or violence towards others and teaching esteem and assertiveness to both parties are preventative measures to take. If you have been the victim of bullying or violence, the Personal Injury attorneys at the Law Office of John M. Phillips can help. If you are seeking an injunction, our experienced attorneys can help! Contact us today to discuss your legal needs, 904-444-4444.


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