Bullying is Preventable – A Message from Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti

Sheriff Al Lamberti

As the 2012/2013 school year begins, it is important for parents to be aware of the Broward County School District’s strict Anti-Bullying Policy. The policy prohibits bullying of, or by, any district student or employee. Since knowledge is power, it is vital that parents become familiar with the policy, which is sent home with every Broward County student the first week of school for parental and student review.

Bullying among children is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms such as physical, verbal, emotional and cyber-bullying. There are signs you can look for to know if your child is being bullied:

  • torn clothes
  • loss of appetite
  • mood changes
  • reluctance to go to school
  • bruises or injuries that can’t be explained.

If you suspect your child is being bullied, it is important to talk with your child, be supportive and gather information about the bullying. All suspected bullying should be reported to your child’s school.

Face-to-face bullying isn’t the only way children can be victimized. Many children and young adults are using their computers and cell phones to send or post texts or images intended to hurt or embarrass their classmates. This includes sending mean, vulgar or threatening messages and images, posting sensitive or private information about another person, or pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad. Children and teens can cyber-bully each other through e-mails, instant messaging, text messages, web pages, blogs or chat rooms. If your child is a victim of such bullying:

  • encourage your child not to respond to cyber-bullying
  • do not erase the messages or pictures (save these as evidence)
  • try to identify the individual doing the cyber-bullying
  • consider filing a complaint with your service provider to block the sender
  • contact your child’s school
  • contact law enforcement if cyber-bullying involves acts such as threats of violence, extortion, obscene or harassing phone calls or text messages, stalking, hate crimes or child pornography.

I encourage all parents to talk to their children about what it means to hurt another person physically or verbally. The Broward Sheriff’s Office is working with the Broward County School Board on an educational curriculum called ThinkB4UPost to be launched during Red Ribbon Week in October. This is a direct message from school officials and law enforcement to children and young adults about the consequences of cyber-bullying.

With the help and guidance of law enforcement, parents, caregivers and teachers, I am confident we can put an end to bullying!

Sheriff Al Lamberti

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  • Dora Nash

    Would you call BSO hog-tying a suspect and letting him die bullying? How can Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti let his goon squad murder a black suspect and get away with it? He’s protecting the officer(s)that perpetrated the heinous crime. Look:

    http://www.sfltimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9793&Itemid=199

    • Hunter

      Calling the police is in most disturbing situation your best choice, as a retired Psych. professional, I can tell you that for the most part the police are a quality group, like all group they have bad apples as well. All groups fit into the normal curve so you have the good and the bad. We have to treat each case individually, and people in stressful situation may act inappropriately, but anecdotally in my own exp. I can attest to the professionalism of the police in general. Dora I am sorry for you negative exp. with the police, but give them a chance, they are well trained and they do help. I hope those officer that are accused in the act get their day in court and we will see. Hunter

  • Harvey Mills

    Curious that this message is coming from Sheriff Al Lamberti. Where was he when convicted criminal Scott Rothstein was using BSO deputies as his (Rothstein’s) personal goon squad to harass people Rothstein wanted to intimidate?

    • Hunter

      Rothstein was obviously a criminal and all the police that helped him should be prosecuted or at least fired as the minimum. We must give the police credit for they are the only barrier between the goons and us citizens. Yes there are bad apple but we must let the system work them out. Hunter

  • Louise Foote

    I can’t believe Sheriff Al is talking about preventing bullying. I mean, he basically gave Scott Rothstein a carte blanche to use BSO deputies as Rothstein’s personal Gestapo. Check this out: http://www.local10.com/news/blogs/bobnorman/Sources-Rothstein-had-enforcer-in-BSO/-/3223354/16149686/-/10luv2e/-/index.html

  • Kathy Smith

    Ridiculous- Lamberti talking about bullying. Under his watch, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office has become one of the most corrupt in Florida. His association with Ponzi Schemer Scott Rothstein is a clear indication he is unethical and this is just a publicity stunt to try and clear him of all wrongdoings.

    • Hunter

      It is pretty easy to get caught in a Ponzi scheme, even the small fry crook try the behavior. We are such an avarice society that we get caught in easy money ploys. Remember if it is too good to be true, it is! Yes, Lamberti did make a mistake, but he is the quality man for the job, remember the state government up in N. Fl. is holding back money for social programs like improving police/fire and the sheriff has to make do with significantly less funds, he is doing a good job with what he has to work with. Also remember belief is not fact, so words like unethical and wrongdoing has never been proven in the least. Hunter