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Lawsuits among the options for responding to bullying

It's that time of year again, school is starting up. With the start of a new school year, parents may have many hopes for how the year will go for their child. They may also have some fears. One thing they might be afraid of is that their kid will be subjected to bullying at school.

Bullying is, unfortunately, something many students experience. Some estimates put the number of victims of classroom bullying at around one out of every four children.

Bullying can significantly impact a young person's well-being. In some instances, being subjected to bullying could put a child's health and safety in danger.

One would hope schools would take appropriate measures to protect their students' safety. What can a parent do if they feel their child's safety at school has been compromised by bullying? As we note on our page on classroom bullying, there are a variety of potential options available. In some instances, pursuing a lawsuit against their child's school district may be appropriate.

While hard data has not yet been collected on the matter, many point to such lawsuits being on the increase here in the U.S. in recent years. What overall impacts do you think this trend will have?

Pursuing a bullying-related lawsuit against a school district can prove challenging. One of the things that can be difficult is proving that a school was aware of a given bullying threat and failed to take proper precautions against it.

As this illustrates, parents can be dealing with complex legal situations when they take actions to respond to bullying their child has been subjected to. So, whatever legal route a Florida parent decides to go in trying to keep their kid safe in the face of a bullying threat at school, getting guidance on the matter from a skilled education lawyer can be important.

Source: CBS12, "Bullying lawsuits are on the rise," Andrea Marvin, Aug. 9, 2017

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