Crest Hill, IL asked in Personal Injury and Education Law for Illinois

Q: My son is in 1st grade, today he was hit multiple times by another student who he doesn’t even know.

He’s never even spoken to this kid. He walked up to my son during lunch and started kicking him and hitting him. There is supposed to be lunch attendants making sure this stuff doesn’t happen. No body helped until my son was crying. His friend was screaming and asking for help. A teacher came and took my son to the nurse office. I got a call from the nurse and was not even told the details of what had happened. All I was told is that he got into an altercation but was fine. I truly feel like this was negligent on the schools part. My son is now scared to go to school. They failed him he’s supposed to be safe there. Is there anything that can be done ?

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: There have always been bullies. There probably always will be bullies. There is no law to invoke. If the school has a zero-tolerance policy about violence, the aggressor should be reprimanded. Request a meeting with the principal to express your concern and to request that the student be punished and that the teachers/lunch monitors be more vigilant. The school is not a guarantor of your child's safety. There are limits to what you can do.

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