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Bullies beware: Groundbreaking ruling allows schools to sue students who harass peers

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By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger 

In a groundbreaking case that puts school bullies and their parents on notice, a Superior Court judge has ruled that two Hunterdon County school districts may file suit against students who torment their peers.

Attorneys involved in the case say the decision by Judge Yolanda Ciccone — the assignment judge for Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren counties — could spur similar suits across the state.

They say it also delivers a strong message that parents may be held legally liable when their children taunt, tease or physically harass classmates.

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Parents of bullied Gallatin student plan to sue school

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Posted: Feb 08, 2013 10:57 PM ESTUpdated: Feb 9, 2013 11:26 AM CST

GALLATIN, Tenn. -The family of a Sumner County middle school student plans to sue the Board of Education because of ongoing bullying and what the family views as a lack of enforcing a zero tolerance policy against bullying.

Kim Woods said her son Bryson, 13, was first bullied and attacked at Rucker-Stewart Middle School in October.

During the attack Bryson was whipped with a leather belt by a classmate while other kids held him down in a locker room as they changed clothes following P.E.

“He said, ‘I am going to whip me a little kid today’ and apparently that was me,” Bryson said. “He got me by the throat and they pushed me up against the locker.”

He continued, “Then he got me in a choke, they held me down and they whipped me several times.”

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2nd bullying lawsuit filed against Sumner schools

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Nicole Young, Gannett Tennessee;3:45 p.m. CDT May 16, 2014

 

A local couple has filed suit against the Sumner County Board of Education claiming that school officials failed to protect their daughter from being bullied by teammates on the Hendersonville High School basketball team.

The suit, filed May 8 in Sumner County Circuit Court, seeks $300,000 in damages. The plaintiffs, Arnett and Sherry Hayes, claim their daughter was “the victim of an ongoing pattern of student-on-student racially motivated harassment and bullying,” the suit says.

Sumner County Schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson declined to comment on the lawsuit because it is pending in court.

 

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Family files lawsuit against school over bullying

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LAWRENCE, Ind. – The parents of a special needs student are suing a local school for not doing enough to stop the bullying of their son.

The family says their son, Hawk, who was 9 years old at the time, was tormented and even received death threats. Hawk, now 12, said it was hard for him to come forward, but he wants to be the voice for others who are bullied.

“What he wants most of all, kids like this want most of all, is to be treated like every other kid as much as possible,” his mother Brenda Trimmer said.

Hawk’s parents said he is a brilliant boy who excels in school work. He is home-schooled because of his physical limitations, but Hawk decided a few years ago that he wanted to try school. His parents enrolled him in Hoosier Academies Learning Center in Lawrence two days a week.

His mom said the bullying began right away and students would chant at him and call him ugly names.

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Why Schools Lose Lawsuits Over Bullying

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MAY 7, 2012 BY 

 

All Sawyer wanted to do was to protect himself from bullies and the mean kids in middle school. He wrote to his guidance counselor, “I would like to let you know that the bullying has increased. I would like to figure out some coping mechanisms to deal with these situations, and I would just like to put this on file so if something happens again, we can show that there was past bullying situations.”

Three months later, he was punched so hard that he now is a paraplegic.

I’ve seen this so many times in the work I do. Kids are crying out for help: “How can I get the bullies to go away?” A lot of these children end up hiding out and become socially isolated, afraid of being bullied or harassed. Unfortunately for Sawyer, the school didn’t listen to his cry for help — and now the school is paying the price.

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Father of accused bully says boys should have been kept apart

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January 21, 2014|By Stephanie K. Baer, Tribune reporter

The father of a boy accused in a lawsuit of bullying another boy at a St. Charles school said school personnel failed to keep the two first-graders away from each other, as he said had been arranged.

“They said they were going to separate them and they didn’t,” the father told the Tribune after a hearing in Kane County court last week. “I can’t keep an eye on him when he’s at school.”

 

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Hammond girl’s bullying leads to lawsuit against school

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Suit says Catholic school officials failed to protect teen

 The parents of a 13-year-old Hammond Catholic school student say their daughter was hospitalized because of constant bullying by two classmates and the school not only failed to take proper disciplinary action against the bullies but forced their daughter to leave the school.

William and Jeanine Holmes, the girl’s parents, allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in state District Court in Tangipahoa Parish that administrators at Holy Ghost Catholic School on North Oak Street failed to discipline two seventh-grade boys who allegedly “severely and traumatically bullied” the girl for months through verbal threats and taunts on social media.

 

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