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Old 03-13-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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A relative of mine was beaten up by bullies at his Public High School. This was after many letters and phone calls to school officials complaining about the bullying, that were basically ignored.

While the Principal was not actually at the location where the boy was beaten up, should he be legally responsible for the actions of the bully because he ignored warnings, letters and appeals by the parents?
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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Beating someone up isn't bullying - it's assault and battery.

I can see where the Principal may be found liable at least in civil court for ignoring the warnings. It may depend on local laws, though. I think the question would be whether he had a duty to keep them apart.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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Assuming an ordinary bullying incident, i.e. not one which the administrator showed obvious willful neglect or was directly involved in,, the school administrators should not be held responsible. How about holding the bully accountable for his own actions? In this case it was the bully who committed the act of aggression and any planning for it, so the bully should be held accountable, in my view in the same way that legal adults are held accountable for assaulting other people.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:48 PM
 
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I think both should be held accountable to some degree. You give rights to the school over your children and expect them to heed warnings, if they don't take their job seriously then this kind of thing happens more frequently, IMO. Would you not hold the business owner liable for shootings occurring in his business if he ignored warnings and continued to allow the person making the threats to patron there? Would you not hold the staff and president of the U.S. responsible for part in the world trade disaster if they were warned and didn't act? Yes. The answer is yes. We hold people responsible who ignore warning signs. To what degree I am unsure but yes, IMO, I think the principal should in the least be given warning to pay attention to future calls and signs of abuse toward any student in his/her care. This is my personal opinion.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:56 AM
 
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There's also the distinction between legal responsibility and what might be called professional responsibility. Habitually ignoring warnings and failing to intervene or prevent assaults like that would certainly call their competence into question. Removing someone from their job is one thing; imposing legal consequences is another.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:39 AM
 
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A relative of mine was beaten up by bullies at his Public High School. This was after many letters and phone calls to school officials complaining about the bullying, that were basically ignored.

While the Principal was not actually at the location where the boy was beaten up, should he be legally responsible for the actions of the bully because he ignored warnings, letters and appeals by the parents?
What happened to the the youth who assaulted your relative?

What does "basically" ignored mean exactly?
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:27 AM
 
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What can be done? The bully could have been hauled into the principals office for a talking to. Letters to or even a meeting with his parents could have been done but I bet the bully still would have found a time and place in school but away from the view of teachers etc.. to beat up his target.
If the principal looked the other way yeah bring him in when the bully is charged with assault.
How much liability to the principal if the assault took place off school grounds or after school hours?
It does seem the principal should be questioned about what course of action he took to curb the bully. I doubt he could have stopped it.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:08 PM
 
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Better if a juvenile to go ater the parents as they are responsible civilly for juvenile actions.Even the pole wouldn't file charge on just a letter or telephone call. They need proof by evidence to file charges.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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It seems that if the attack took place on the school grounds and the Principal ignored the warnings and did not have a come to Jesus meeting with the parents and the bullies the Prinicipal should be legally responsible for the attack along with the attacker himself.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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No, because nowadays, if a teacher or any school staff says anything or does anything that hurts the delicate sensibilities of a parent's little angel(the bully,) the school gets sued to kingdom come.
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