Can I sue my school District because my child was harassed or abused by a student?

  • Whether or not a parent can hold a school district responsible for the actions of another student against their child depends on certain key conditions.
  • Schools cannot guarantee that no harm will come to your child at the hands of another child when he/she enters school property.
  • However, they CAN be held responsible IF they had prior knowledge of past problems or that there was about to be a problem, they continue to act with indifference, and that indifference leads to continuing instances of negative action or increases of the action against your child.
  • If your child is being bullied, you must document in writing the specifics of the action against your child, and report it to the school in writing so there is a clear record and they can’t plead ignorance.
  • In cases of child bullying, it is imperative that you consult an attorney who is experienced with the ins and outs of this process, and who can hold the district accountable if they fail to stop the bullying.