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School administrators and teachers play a vital role both in preventing bullying and then stopping it when it does occur. Too often they fail. Eight out of every ten times a kid gets bullied, no adult intervenes. Despite anti-bullying laws and policies across the country, adult leaders all too often turn a blind eye. They simply are not doing enough to make schools safe for our children. Our job is to make sure they do.
Public Justice's Anti-Bullying Campaign is designed to hold accountable adults who fail to protect our kids, and force school districts to take appropriate steps to respond to bullying.
What Public Justice Is Doing
When schools fail to protect our kids from bullying, Public Justice uses litigation to:
- Seek justice for bullying victims and their families;
- Effect systemic change within school districts through injunctive relief requiring training and education;
- Develop good federal and state case law, in both civil rights and torts; and
- Serve as a resource for plaintiffs' attorneys handling bullying cases.
We're involved in two cases so far: a lawsuit in Illinois on behalf of ninth-grade boys who were physically and sexually assaulted by fellow student-athletes pursuant to a hazing ritual directed by their coaches; and a suit representing five Jewish students subjected to virulent anti-Semitic harassment in a school district in New York's Hudson Valley. We've also been blogging regularly about our anti-bullying work: here, here, here and here.
News about the Pine Bush Central School District Anti-Semitism Scandal
Read our primer on litigating bullying cases.
Read our list of bullying verdicts and settlements.
And please consider making a special donation to our Anti-Bullying Campaign.