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Yesterday I got a phone call from the school counselor saying that my son is making comments about wanting to hurt himself (age 5). The counselor said that she talked to him, and that he said he didn't mean it, but that he was really getting upset about a bully problem. I took him to a psychiatric evaluator and they said that he does not treatment, but that the bully problem needs addressed. Even though the professional said my son was "ok" aside from that, the school is stilling filing with CPS due to liability issues. However, the school did not seem very interested in dealing with the physical/mental bullies.
We are currently trying to adopt and are concerned about the repercussions of a CPS call. This CPS filing is frivolous, and I am looking for information about my legal rights.I'm also hoping to get a teaching certification in the next year, which is another concern to having a CPS case. The school is insisting that this notification is policy and "no big deal." There are no allegations, no evidence to suspect any abuse at home, no marks, bruises, cuts, etc on my son to show any level of danger being presented to him. I had him evaluated professionally within an hour, so it's not as if I showed disinterest as a parent or let the issue linger in the slightest. My son told the evaluator that he tells the adults in charge when the bullies get mentally or physically abusive, and most of the time he's told to tell them if it happens again, and nothing is ever done or said to the bullies about their behavior. I'm very upset with the situation in which physically violent kids are getting away with it, while a five year old is having a case opened with CPS because he used a poor choice of words when trying to cope with constant tormenting.