Correction: Alabama passed " The Alabama Student Harassment Prevention Act - HB0216" on May 7, 2009. On page 10 section 10 it states, " Each local board shall establish a policy in compliance with this act on or before July 1, 2010."
Bullying is a major problem in schools across the country with some students reporting violence as early as kindergarten.
Bullying can take different forms ranging from physical and mental attacks to cyber bullying through the Internet and text messages.
In order to curb this behavior, the child must first feel comfortable with speaking to the parent.
Signs for parents to watch out for are the frequent loss of personal belongings, the child avoiding recess or other school activities, and arriving to school very early or very late.
"If it's not on paper, it's not happening. It's a misdemeanor crime and it falls under harassment and that's a crime.,” says Officer Scott Ruddock, Northview High School, School Resource Officer.
Alabama doesn't have an anti-bullying law which means officials can only act against bullying if it's documented.