Vineland, NJ asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Education Law for New Jersey

Q: My friends daughter is being bullied at Memorial Middle School by 5 student's.

Threatened to hurt her if she speaks up. Principal is aware of situation but stated, "things happen". If something occurred to this girl for negligence of school to take action can a lawsuit be filed?

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
James L. Arrasmith pro label Lawyers, want to be a Justia Connect Pro too? Learn more ›
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: If a student is being bullied and the school is aware but fails to take adequate action, there may be grounds for legal action. This is especially true if the negligence results in harm to the student. Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all students, and failure to address bullying could be considered a breach of this duty.

Documentation of all incidents and communications with the school is crucial. Keep detailed records of the bullying instances, any reports made to the school, and the school's response. This documentation can be vital in proving negligence in a legal case.

It is recommended to consult with an attorney experienced in education law or personal injury to explore legal options. They can provide guidance based on the specifics of the case and the applicable laws in your jurisdiction. Taking legal action can be a step towards holding the school accountable and ensuring a safer environment for all students.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.