The Fight Against Bullying in Ohio Schools

January 7, 2013

Misc. Topics

Bullying in schoolsLawsuits involving bullying in the school districts of the nation, including Ohio, were filed several times during the 2012 school year.  A suit was recently filed in Scranton, Pa., where the teacher was identified as the bully and a 2011 lawsuit in Burlington, Vt. was reported recently settled for $25,000.

In Burlington, the lawsuit was filed in 2011 and alleged that the school district did not provide adequate supervision on the school bus to prevent incidents of bullying. The ordeal of the bullied student, a 13-year-old seventh grade boy, allegedly begun in 2010 when a fellow student, a female, fractured the boy’s arm on a school bus which was sitting outside the school at the time.  The victim and his mother contended the boy was bullied for two days before the arm-breaking incident took place.

Although the school did not acknowledge fault in its $25,000 financial compensation settlement with the boy, it did agree to tighten the anti-bullying policy recently adopted by the Burlington School Board.  The school board also said it will consider revisions to its website to create a “student safety tab” with links to anti-bullying resources.

The student who was bullied will also have a role in educating students about being kind to one another.  He will work with the equity director of the Burlington Schools to make presentations to students against bullying and harassment.

The bullying in the Scranton School District was allegedly done by a teacher who bullied and harassed a student because he was black.  The parents contend in their lawsuit that their eight-year-old second grader was subject to “a pattern of severe, pervasive and objectively offensive harassment.” The suit also claimed the boy’s civil rights were violated. He is no longer a Scranton student.

The parents are seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

The parents claimed meetings with the teacher, the principal, and other school personnel did nothing to change the situation for their son.  The bullied student’s parents removed him from the school and placed him in a charter school for the 2012-2013 school year.

Three bullying lawsuits in Ohio were filed in 2012 involving an elementary student from Hamilton County, Ohio; two elementary students in Perkins Township School District and a Madison Township student whose father said he would sue the school district because his son was assaulted on school property.  All of the other students allegedly bullied in the above actions were also boys.

In October 2011, the parents of a 14-year-old Jewish girl sued the Green School District in Northeast Ohio claiming their daughter had been abused for more than four years without intervention by school officials.

Bullying is becoming a big issue in schools these days.  On the internet, students are alleging cyber bullying.  If you suspect your child has been a victim of either type of bullying and that there has been emotional distress or personal injury involved, try to get the attention of those school officials responsible for taking action in these situations.

If that does not work, it may be necessary to bring action against the school district and to seek legal help for your child.

Our experienced Ohio attorneys at Slater & Zurz LLP would be happy to help you with any questions about bullying behavior and when to turn to the firm’s lawyers for advice.  Call us at 1-888-534-4850 or fill out a FREE CASE REVIEW at the top right hand side of our website at

The important thing to do is not to wait to take action.  Across the nation, several young people who reported being bullied by other students or strangers, in some cases even by adults, committed suicide before anyone acted on their cries for help.  Don’t let that happen in your family.  Call us today.

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