Parents of Bullies Could Be Liable for Children’s Actions
New Jersey passed an Anti-Bullying Act last year and a case in front of a judge there may turn the tide on who is liable for the actions of a bully.
The standard rule of thumb is, if a kid bullies someone at school and the school does not handle it well or the bullying continues, the School District is liable. Now, however, a judge is putting the weight on the parents of the bully. The parents can now be sued by the victim. Ouch!
In my opinion, bravo! Parents need to parent. Except in rare cases, bullies are that way because of the lack of or poor parenting. I know, I was bullied! I knew her family.
The Hunterdon County, NJ case could cause a ripple affect countrywide. I hope it does. I'll be watching this case closely as it makes its way through the system and will share updates.
The big question is: