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School administrators and teachers play a crucial role both in preventing bullying and stopping it when it does occur. But eight out of every 10 times a student gets bullied, no adult intervenes. Despite anti-bullying laws and policies across the country, many principals, teachers and other adult leaders 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 schools accountable when they fail to protect our children and force them 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 programs for school administrators, teachers, students, and others in the school community; and
- Develop good federal and state case law to better protect bullying victims.
We believe litigation is a critical tool in helping to solve school bullying. It can motivate school officials to insist that bullying is confronted rather than ignored, put teeth into school policies, require training programs, and teach tolerance. In short, it can help create systemic change in the culture of school districts, so they do a better job of preventing bullying in the first place and responding appropriately when bullying does occur.
Public Justice is involved in the following anti-bullying cases: a lawsuit on behalf of five Jewish students subjected to virulent anti-Semitic harassment in a school district in New York’s Hudson Valley; a lawsuit on behalf of five boys in a Chicago suburb who were physically and sexually assaulted by senior members of their high school athletic teams as part of a hazing ritual directed by their coaches; a federal lawsuit on behalf of a student in Tennessee subjected to sexual harassment and assault; a state lawsuit on behalf of a student in Tennessee subjected to sexual harassment and assault; a lawsuit on behalf of a student in Ohio subjected to anti-Semitic and gender-based harassment; and an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of an Alabama middle school student who was sexually assaulted after her school used her as bait to catch a known harasser.
Public Justice’s Anti-Bullying Campaign also serves as a resource for plaintiffs’ attorneys handling bullying cases:
Read our primer on litigating bullying cases.
Read Bullying and the Law: A Guide for Parents (August 2015)
Read our list of bullying verdicts and settlements.
News about the Pine Bush Central School District Anti-Semitism Scandal
Read blog posts about our anti-bullying work: here, here, here and here.
And please consider making a special donation to our Anti-Bullying Campaign.