LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - School bullying is a growing problem in schools nationwide.
For one mother in Calcasieu Parish, it is the last thing she expected to happen to her 12 year-old son.
Last school year she says her son experienced physical abuse from a bully in school.
"It's starting all over again and I don't want it to end up like it did last year," says Kristie Jennings, a concerned parent in Calcasieu Parish. "What happens if this time it kills him? It's just ridiculous."
While Kristie is searching for answers, the Calcasieu School Board is cracking down on bullying.
According to the CPSS Bullying Policy, if a child experiences any type of bullying they are to file a complaint to the school principal.
The principal is to take action within three days.
If they fail to do so, then you take the complaint to the Assistant Superintendent or Administrative Director.
If you're unsatisfied after 10 days, then you take it to the Superintendent.
"The school board takes the front seat in the case of bullying," says Sgt. Mark Kraus of the Lake Charles Police Department.
Kraus says parents should go to officials when physical abuse is involved.
"If that problem is something that is so outrageous, then the school system or the parents can contact our agency and we'll investigate it from the standpoint of a criminal crime," says Kraus.
Kraus says not only will the bully be punished but also educated at the same time.
"If the bully is not getting the message from the school system, then we need to redirect that child's behavior so it's conducive with learning education," says Kraus.
Jennings just hopes that eventually she won't have to worry everyday her son leaves for school.
"We send our kids to school to be safe, how much is too much," says Jennings.
If you would like more information on the bullying policy in Calcasieu Parish, click on "Calcasieu Parish Bullying Policy."