Bullying: Know Your Rights
As an Ontario anti bullying lawyer, I am frequently asked about what steps can be taken by victims to deal with bullying. It takes much courage to face a bully. I have been humbled many times by the courage of your people who retain me prepared to face their bullies and seek justice.
The issue of bullying has received more attention in the last few years and as a result students, parents, schools and government are more aware of the complexity of the issues raised by bullying.
Every year, thousands of students are subjected to bullying and harassment. Bullying can have profound, long term consequences to victims. It is important that victims know they have recourse and can assert their rights with the proper support of their families and community.
A victim of bullying can exercise the following rights:
- Formal complaint with the school and their officials;
- Formal complaint to the school board;
- Formal complaint to the police;
- Obtaining civil restraining orders;
- Obtaining criminal restraining orders;
- Seek monetary damages against the school, teachers, school board, bully and the bully’s parents for battery, assault, harassment, intentional infliction of mental harm, breach of privacy and bullying.
Schools have a legal obligation to protect students from bullies. Parents have a legal obligation to ensure their children do not bully. Police have an obligation to charge persons who participate in criminal activity. Bullying can be criminal. Prosecutors should prosecute bullies where appropriate.
At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, Ottawa injury lawyers, we can provide you with sound legal advice and details of your interests and rights. We have represented many clients who were victims of bullying.
Let Us Help You Pursue Your Legal Rights
We provide free consultations and work on the basis of contingency in many cases. Contact Marc Nicholas Quinn at 613 315 4878.
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