Resources are available. Schools must use them.
Discipline and punishment are not the answer. Schools must be proactive.
Schools act in loco parentis - in the place of parents. They are negligent when they ignore bullying.
When schools are negligent, victims can sue for damages.
To prove a case for negligence, a parent must show:
- The school had a legal duty to protect the child from bullying
- The school failed its duty, and
- The school's failure to do its duty was the direct cause of damage or injury to the child.
Laws and policies do not prevent bullying. Schools that react do not prevent bullying. “Safe” schools do not prevent bullying. Only proactive, responsive schools can prevent tragedy from happening.