Teen Sues School Districts in Bullying Case
New Jersey student says it's gone on for years
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2013 3:26 PM CDT
A bully in action.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A teenager is suing two school districts for allegedly failing to stop bullying that left him with serious health problems, the Star-Ledger reports. Unnamed in the suit, the teen claims he's been bullied by students and school employees since grade four. The alleged bullying included name-calling, taunting over his apparent sexual orientation, painful attacks with kick-balls, and "pantsing"—having his pants pulled down to show his underwear.

Over the years, his parents talked to school staff about it and some teachers tried to help—but the bullying apparently continued. At one point the parents wanted to press charges, but police said it was a school issue; when the district investigated, it cited privacy laws in keeping the findings private. Today teachers still give the student assignments that are difficult in light of his condition—like gym class—which leads to bad grades. The teen's lawyer says he's relying on the state's new anti-bullying law to help win the case.

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StationaryMan
Mar 19, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
I have ranted on about bullying here before and still everyone sticks with their own preconceptions. Bullying has changed not because the actions of children have changed but because the actions of school teachers and administrators have change. Schools now have "peer" counseling where if the teachers don't believe them they are bullied even more. Why wouldn't the teachers believe them? Could it be that that these teaches and counselors are still trying to become "popular"? I think that is indeed a big problem. In the 60's I had plenty of teachers who were tough but I never saw one who just wanted to be liked by their students, something I have seen in my daughters school. So what is left? Lawsuits, lord knows I hate lawyers, but even a rabid pit bull has it's place. And lets not forget assault even by a 13 year old is against the law, I know this as was not only a victim whose assailant was arrested but I was also arrested for assault at 14. In both cases it was the school that called the police. When the school isn't responding adequately what can you do? As a parent I just want the school to act like an adult and stop coddling these kids and help the kids learn their actions have consequences. I worked very hard to control my temper growing up because of the trouble I got into, these kids deserve a chance also.
MisterE
Mar 18, 2013 11:02 PM CDT
Another homosexual rant "they called me names, and throw the kickball at me". NOW where's my lawsuit?!! This is normal among normal children. Expecting the police to make this a federal case is why schools have to waste money giving the the homosexuals another platform.
Zero_for_President
Mar 18, 2013 9:08 PM CDT
"Today's schools are preparing tomorrow's model prisoners." an award-winning retired principal in Flagstaff AZ See you in the NDAA death camps. http://www.heartvote.com