Saint Paul, MN asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Minnesota

Q: can a 16-year old press charges against an 18-year-old for harassment and hate crimes?

I am a 16-year old highschooler, and a certain student has been constantly harassing students, physically, verbally, and mostly sexaully.

there have been attempts to tell the school administration, but the school has a reputation for letting special-needs students get away with anything, and thus my school has taken no action.

I'd like to contact a prosecutor for his countless offenses because I want to make my school a safer place.

3 Lawyer Answers
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: You wouldn't be pressing charges. That is a decision made by a prosecutor. You could certainly contact law enforcement about your concerns and things would go from there.

William Bailey
William Bailey
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bloomington, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: You can make a report to the police but there is no guarantee they are going to pursue the matter.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: A student can complain about harassment by another student to various school officials, to police and to a prosecuting attorney. Whether any of those people take any action as a result of the complaint would be, of course, up to them. If you are the target, you may also consider self-defense training.

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