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NJ School Districts Holding Parents Responsible For Bullying

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Flemington, New Jersey (MY9NJ) - In a groundbreaking New Jersey lawsuit a judge recently ruled that schools in Hunterdon Central and Flemington-Raritan school districts can now hold parents responsible if they’re sued for a child being bullied on school grounds.

It’s one of the first times that parents could face financial backlash for their children’s bullying behavior, even if the parents aren’t there and it happened on school grounds.

Author and Anti-bully advocate Stuart Sackman joined the cause to help stop bullying after his own daughter Alana was being bullied at school.

“The girl slapped her in the face, she was blocked in the hall and kids threw food on her,” he recalled.

Sackman feels that in order to solve the problem of bullying, parents have to be held responsible because they are the first educators of children and need to teach kids to act appropriately and treat others with respect.

“If kids are being raised by a bully, and then they are sent out to the world with other children, how does the child know they’re being a bully? They really don’t,” Sackman said.

School officials in these districts have offered up an extensive code of conduct booklet that diagrams all of the school’s bullying rules. The schools feel that if they have done their job to outline and implement all of these bullying rules, why should they be held solely responsible for this kind of behavior and not they parents?

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