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
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(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.

A bully in action.
A bully in action.   (Shutterstock)
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