A gal in my neighborhood has a kid who is dreading the upcoming school year. She has had a bully for about one and a half years now and the claim is some things have gotten ugly. Unfortunately, from what Mom knows, the kid has some special needs and very likely upon an IEP. She says she has gone to the principal on behalf of her daughter, but has been told because of the kid's unique circumstances, there's really not a whole lot they can do without delving into murky legal territory. (Note this is all third-hand information to me.) Anywho, she wanted my advice as an educator. My suggestion was to teach the daughter some defense (not physical) skills and keep bugging administration as my awareness is IDEA can come back to bite them if an IEP kid is NOT appropriately disciplined for bad behavior. Thought I'd come here for further ideas.