Massachusetts High Court Rules Schools Not Liable for Bullying - Principal Tribe

Massachusetts High Court Rules Schools Not Liable for Bullying

School Not Liable for Bullying

Massachusetts’ supreme court ruled last week that a school district cannot be held financially liable for bullying that left a child paralyzed.

What is Bullying?

The dictionary defines it as the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.

More recent legislation defines bullying:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
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