Posted on Dec 15, 2013

In a story that was reported on this past Friday, December 13, a Georgia school is now investigating whether an eighth grader'so apparent suicide attempt was triggered by bullying that he was suffering at school. As we've noted previously,  it is far from a simple matter to hold a school legally responsible for bullying, at least under New York law; the parents would need to prove that the school knew or should have known of the danger,  yet failed to undertake reasonable measures that likely would have prevented the incident from occurring. (Indeed,  it also appears that in most instances,  the parents would also need to prove that all of the above occurred on school grounds and during school hours).

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