School administrators and teachers play a crucial role both in preventing bullying and stopping it when it does occur. But eight out of every 10 times a student gets bullied, no adult intervenes. Despite anti-bullying laws and policies across the country, many principals, teachers and other adult leaders turn a blind eye. They simply are not doing enough to make schools safe for our children. Our job is to make sure they do.
Public Justice’s Anti-Bullying Campaign is designed to hold schools accountable when they fail to protect our children and force them to take appropriate steps to respond to bullying.
What Public Justice Is Doing
When schools fail to protect our kids from bullying, Public Justice uses litigation to:
• Seek justice for bullying victims and their families;
• Effect systemic change within school districts through injunctive relief requiring improved policies and procedures, as well as training and education programs for school administrators, teachers, students, and others in the school community; and
• Develop good federal and state case law to better protect bullying victims.
We believe litigation is a critical tool in helping to solve school bullying. It can motivate school officials to insist that bullying is confronted rather than ignored, put teeth into school policies and procedures, require training programs, and teach tolerance. In short, it can help create systemic change in the culture of school districts, so they do a better job of preventing bullying in the first place and responding appropriately when bullying does occur.
Public Justice handles a wide range of anti-bullying cases. We take on all forms of discriminatory harassment, including bullying based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, disability, or religion. Our sex discrimination cases include sexual and gender-based violence against students. We also handle bullying cases that don’t fit neatly into any of these categories. In addition to litigating in the courts, we represent bullying victims and sexual assault survivors in administrative complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Public Justice’s Anti-Bullying Campaign also serves as a resource for families with children who are being bullied at school and plaintiffs’ attorneys representing bullying victims: