Bullying - Are Lawsuits the Answer?

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How far would you go if your child was bullied? Image: sxc.hu

Faced with more -- and more serious -- bullying, parents are taking the hard line and suing. But is a court of law really the best place to re-educated a school bully?

It's an all-too-common childhood nightmare. The class bully starts with the nasty remarks and moves the affront up the ladder to physical attacks. Sadly, the little victim is too afraid to report it to an adult --or tattle, as he sees it -- for fear of what might happen next.

Fortunately, bullying has been more frequently reported in the past two years, according to the U.S. Education Department and the U.S. Justice Department. This may be due to schools taking action to encourage both teachers and students to identify bullies and victims. Similarly, there has been an increase in lawsuits brought by victims' parents against school systems and parents of bullies.

One set of parents of a 13-year-old boy in Tampa, FL took to the legal system after their son was sexually assaulted by four of his flag football teammates. The accused students have been charged with multiple counts of sexual battery.

We completely agree that elevating this horrendous act to a court of law was the right thing to do. But taking it one step further, should the victim's parents also be able to sue the school system for allowing something like this to happen on school grounds? And what about the bully's parents? Should they held accountable for raising children capable of such violence?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.