In 2002, New Jersey instituted anti-bullying laws to protect children while they were at school. In 2011, those laws were expanded, further proving our state’s dedication to student safety. When a local school violates these rules, the fallout can be very serious. Now a Camden School is being accused of this type of negligence by the family of two bullied students.
Is a Camden School Liable for Bullying on Campus?
Between November 2016 and November 2017, two children—a twin brother and sister with disabilities—claim to have been bullied. The culprit? A fellow student in their second-grade class.
The student in question is accused of victimizing the twins both physically and verbally. In one incident, the accused bully rubbed mulch in the twin sister’s eyes. She had to be rushed to the hospital for treatment. In another incident, the bully reportedly punched the twin brother in the stomach before verbally abusing him.
The parents of these twins allegedly contacted school officials and filed reports with the police about these incidents. However, they claim nothing was done, and that the school did not start an investigation. These claims are at the heart of a lawsuit filed by these parents in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Camden.
New Jersey has laws in place that say public schools must do their part to help protect children from bullies. But in some cases, school officials do nothing to address the issues reported to them. Last year, the parents of a teen who committed suicide after being bullied filed a lawsuit. In 2016, Ephraim District in Camden County was forced to settle a bullying lawsuit for $50,000. To fight this trend, parents may have to contact an attorney. In some cases, only legal action can motivate these institutions to change.
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