March 24, 2008
Bullying and Litigation
The NYT today has a story about a now-fifteen-year-old boy in Fayetteville, Arkansas, who has been subjected to endless and merciless bullying over the years. As the story notes, it's not at all clear why he's been targeted the way he has been; at least one school official seems to think he is inviting it in some way. After several years and what seem to be reasonable efforts to work with the school system, the family has turned to litigation:
The Wolfes are not satisfied. This month they sued one of the bullies “and other John Does,” and are considering another lawsuit against the Fayetteville School District. Their lawyer, D. Westbrook Doss Jr., said there was neither glee nor much monetary reward in suing teenagers, but a point had to be made: schoolchildren deserve to feel safe.
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