Bullied Students Can Sue Bullies

Superior Court Judge Yolanda Ciccone has ruled that two Hunterdon County school districts, Hunterdon Central Regional and Flemington-Raritan Regional, can sue parents when their children commit bullying infraction, as defined in NJ's Anti-Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying legislation.

According to the Star Ledger, a high school student sued Flemington-Raritan after the schools “failed to stop harassing behavior despite years of complaint.”  The school then argued in court that the bully’s parents should share liability. The Judge agreed, writing, "[b]oth acts of negligence were required here for plaintiff to suffer harm.”