How to deal with bullies: Sue the parents?
This mom is sueing a third grader, his parents, and the school for the bullying her son suffered during this last school year. She's asking for $50,000 dollars in total. The mother says that her son was punched, kicked, choked, and spit on multiple times during the school year. She talked to the school, the boys parents, and even filed police reports in order to try and make it stop. She never really asked the police to step in, she just wanted the incidents documented so there was a third party record of what happened. In the final incident before the lawsuit was filed her son was elbowed in the forehead because the bully "though he was dumb for calling the police"
I don't really know how to feel about this. On the one hand, I applaud this mother for stepping in and not letting her sons problems fall between the cracks. Her boy will know that he isn't alone and shouldn't feel ashamed of himself just because he's been bullied. Maybe it will be a lesson to schools that chronic bullying is serious and need to be handled differently then an occasional teasing. On the other hand, I don't really understand how $50,000 would help the boy at all. I probably would have just had him switch schools and do my best to re-build his self confindence.
What do you think?
Here's the thing, cops usually will not get involved in school matters unless the school involves them. Sad, weird and true.
It sounds like the mother appealed to whoever she could to get it resolved to no avail. Our kids deserve a safe environment in school and he wasn't given one.
My guess is this isn't about the money at all. It is about making the school crack down on bullying and putting the financial penalty on them in order to enforce that.
Chances are this lawsuit will go nowhere. That's a sad fact. This isn't the first time a parent has tried to sue a school for a situation like this.
If there aren't adequate things in place to protect my child, I will move heaven and earth to make sure someone picks up the slack and fixes it.
I think more lives would be saved, perhaps les risk of suicide attempts from those who are bullied because of their sexual orientation. Kids would be less apt to bully because they know their parents would be affected.