New Jersey lawmakers passed the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, one of the nation's toughest anti bullying laws in September 2011. It requires that all public schools in the state adopt aggressive anti bullying policies, including extensive training for staff and students and investigating every allegation of bullying within 24 hours.
As with any law, however, the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights is only effective if it is enforced. If you have a child who is the target of bullying and you feel the school and/or the school district is not doing enough to halt it, the attorneys at Schepisi & McLaughlin, P.A., in Englewood Cliffs can help.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services defines bullying as "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose."
If schools do not act when bullying is reported, it can result in serious psychological or physical health problems.
Our Attorneys Can Help With Bullying Cases In New Jersey Schools
We take action when schools don't follow through with their responsibilities as outlined by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
Our lawyers have a thorough knowledge of New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and what steps to take if your child continues to be the victim of bullying. Bullying is an infraction on an individual's civil rights, and New Jersey courts have made it clear that families have the right to take legal action when schools do not do their part. These cases may be heard in state or federal courts.
Often, a family feels compelled to transfer their child to another school to resolve bullying problems. In those situations, you may be able to recover compensation for the costs of switching schools as well as damages and attorney fees.
We aggressively pursue legal action in bullying cases while remaining aware of the sensitivity for the families involved.
Contact Schepisi & McLaughlin, P.A.
The important first step to allowing us to help you protect your child is to meet with us so we can review the facts of your case. We will provide a straightforward assessment during a free, no-obligation consultation and recommend the best steps to take next.
Call 201-500-8914 or email us to schedule a meeting. We work with families throughout Bergen County and all of northern New Jersey.