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Common Signs of Child Abuse in School

You send your kids to school and expect them to be reasonably safe from harm. Most people believe that schools are designed with safety in mind, but unfortunately, bad things can happen in places where you least expect them. Still, you think, “There’s no way anything will ever happen to my child. That stuff only happens in the movies.”

Although you can’t protect your child from all of life’s horrors, there are ways to help prevent them from being hurt or abused at school. If you keep a close watch on your kids, always ask them about school, and watch out for signs of abuse, you can decrease the chances of harm coming to your child at the hands of someone who was supposed to protect them.

If your child has already been harmed, you can also protect them from further abuse by watching for signs of abuse. Remember, if your child has been harmed, neglected, bullied, or abused, you might be able to file a claim against the abuser and against the school.

Types of Abuse in Schools

There are different types of abuse your child could suffer from in school. Most people are aware of bullying, but there are other types of abuse, too. For instance, your child could be suffering from emotional abuse from their teacher. Belittling, ignoring, teasing, and verbal abuse are common forms of emotional abuse.

The following are some of the more common types of abuse your child could suffer within the school setting:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect or mistreatment
  • Emotional abuse

Signs of Child Abuse in Schools to Watch For

It’s imperative to know the symptoms and signs of child abuse so you can react quickly to a bad situation. Here are some of the things you should be watching for to protect your child from further harm.

Physical signs of abuse could include scratches, bruises, broken bones, burns, dirty or torn clothing, fingerprint marks on your child’s body, and weight loss.

Emotional signs of abuse could include appetite changes, suicide attempts, withdrawal, aggressive behavior, other behavioral changes, and sudden changes in academic performance.

Signs of sexual abuse at school include blood in your child’s underwear, bruises, scratches, and behavioral changes.

There are many other signs of child abuse, and you should always talk to your child if you suspect they’ve suffered any form of abuse at school. If abuse is discovered, you have a right to file a claim against the school and the abuser.

Contact an Attorney for Help with a Child School Abuse Claim

If your child has been abused in school, you and your family will want justice for what your child has suffered. Your child needs you to fight for them, but going up against an abuser and the school is a difficult prospect. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through this process without assistance.

Partner with a child abuse attorney for help with your case. A free, confidential case assessment is yours when you contact our firm. David Christensen Law can be reached via the online form below or by dialing 248-213-4900.