REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

Thank you for taking these steps to reach out to us for assistance. If you are completing this form, we know that your child has experienced or is experiencing cyber and/or other forms of bullying and we are here to help you.

Upon completion of this form you will receive a phone call from us within 24-48 business hours. During this call we will talk through available resources through David’s Legacy Foundation, and also, possible legal support from our Don’t Bully Me Project (DBM).

If you feel your child is at risk of self-harm, please contact a mental health professional, such as your local children’s hospital or mental health officer with local law enforcement, as soon as you can, and if you feel that the risk of self-harm is imminent, call 911 immediately.

If you feel a crime has been committed, or is likely to occur, please contact your local law enforcement to file and pursue a complaint.

What if my child needs help with the emotional and/or psychological strain due to the situation they are experiencing?

If you feel that your child has exhibited any behavior, or said anything, that would indicate that he/she is not coping well, contemplating suicide or has attempted suicide, you should obtain immediate help from a mental health professional if you have not done so already.

If needed, reach out to:

  • 911
  • Children’s Mental Health Hospital
  • Mental health officers with your local police department who are specially trained to assist with mental health situations

What can I expect from the DBM Project when I reach out?

After submitting your DBM request for assistance, you will hear from the David’s Legacy Foundation office within 24-48 hours. When you receive our email, it will include date/time options to schedule a brief 20-minute intake call. This intake conversation will help us better understand your current situation and guide us in providing resources to best support you. Resources may include, articles or documents for you to reference. Resources may also include connecting you with counseling services for your child and/or your family. In some cases, the next step may be to speak with an attorney. If this is the next step for your situation, we will connect you with one of our DBM Project attorneys who provide pro-bono services to those referred byDavid’s Legacy Foundation.

How do I motivate my school to take appropriate action for my child?

It’s usually best to start by talking with the teachers and coaches, and then work your way up through the system – i.e., assistant principal, principal, superintendent, and ultimately the school board. The higher you go in that process, the more important it will be for you to have other like-minded parents joining you in the effort. If you go through the entire chain of command without satisfactory action, you might consider starting a parent group to demand that the school do a better job of taking appropriate action in bullying situations.  In extreme situations where you’re not getting appropriate action from the school, you could even consider contacting a local newspaper or TV station that has reporters who focus on troubleshooting community issues.  DBM Project attorneys can sometimes help facilitate cooperative solutions working with the school, but often times the school is not open to that involvement.  Let us know if you want to talk with a DBM Project attorney about this.

How do I sue the school or the school district?

Although DBM Project attorneys can sometimes help facilitate solutions through schools, DBM Project attorneys generally don’t take directly adversarial positions against schools; that is typically beyond the scope of what they do.  The reason for this is that we frequently need to work cooperatively with schools, and if we were to directly take on schools through formal grievances, lawsuits or otherwise, we that cooperative relationship we try to foster will likely be undermined, as we would develop a reputation for going after schools.  Therefore, if you would like to pursue that route, you would want to engage another lawyer for that. Please note that there are various deadlines for taking action, which the attorney you hire to go against the school can explain to you in further detail.

How do I take criminal action?

You should contact your local law enforcement to file a report and to possibly have charges brought against the bully, but keep in mind that it’s not always easy to convince law enforcement officials that they should take-action, and ultimately that decision rests with them.

A DBM Project attorney can discuss this with you further if you’d like, but that attorney won’t be able to force law enforcement officials to take action.

Still need help? After reviewing the DBM Project FAQ’s, please complete the form below. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

The DBM Project stands for The Don’t Bully Me Project and is also our inspiration’s initials – David Bartlett Molak

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If you are a victim of bullying or cyberbullying know you did not do anything to deserve it nor is it your fault.  You are not alone in how you are feeling and we are here to help you through it.  Reaching out for help from a trusted adult is not something to be ashamed of and counseling and support groups can help you deal with the challenges.  Ask for help.  Reach out. Know you are very loved and there are people who care deeply and want to help you.

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Educators are often on the front lines of cyberbullying as you watch your students deal with the complexities of school, home life, and their constant connection to the digital world.  It’s hard to know how to help or even where to start.  We have put together a collection of resources to help you prevent cyberbullying by educating your students, providing lessons to your teachers and counselors, and information about protections.

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