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Toms River board of education to pay
former student $68K in bullying case

Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Jessica Calefati

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Posted By:Ribicon, 2/28/2013 9:44:13 PM

The Toms River Regional Board of Education must pay a former student $68,000 for failing to protect him more than a decade ago from repeated bullying, according to a final decision released this week by the state Attorney General´s Division of Civil Rights. The student´s classmates began teasing him as a fourth grader because of his perceived sexuality and their verbal and physical abuse continued through middle and high school, according to the decision. Division on Civil Rights Director Craig Sashihara wrote that the counseling-based discipline the student´s tormentors received was "ineffective." "The law does not require school districts to


One day, maybe we´ll all be fitted with Invisible Fence-style dog collars to give us a good jolt when we transgress.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mijcraw, 2/28/2013 10:56:31 PM     (No. 9201880)

Don´t think for a moment that there aren´t parents out there already gaming the law in an effort to paint their child as being bullied repeatingly and the school district doing nothing. Don´t forget, mom and dad get to make the same bulling reports as the child. In the end a few crazy parents will cause school districts to accelerate the reporting of cases in an effort to protect themselves. The end result is innocent incidents will be blown out of proportion and will require additional resources ($$) to sort out the cases......we are suffer in the end.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: losgatos, 3/1/2013 1:33:27 AM     (No. 9201979)

I seem to recall that I may have been bullied about 40 years ago so I think I´ll sue. With 68 thousand dollars I can pay the Obamacare premium!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/1/2013 2:51:34 AM     (No. 9201997)

Wow, I wish I got $68k when I was bullied for 3 years and almost got hit by a car trying to get away. I sure could have used it! And my school did absolutely nothing even when one of my math teachers condoned and practically encouraged it (the twerp only liked the boys and had tenure).

But seriously, our society is getting weirder and weirder. While I don´t condone bullying, it bothers me that we are becoming so controlled. We have lost all freedom.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jerseytomato, 3/1/2013 5:13:03 AM     (No. 9202035)

The Toms River BOA´s former President, Mike Ritacco, was just sentenced to prison, for stealing more than two million from taxpayers. Moreover, the Toms River music teacher was sentenced for stealing and selling musical instruments. Add the head of the Ocean County´s Little League sentenced to prison for stealing more than half a million.

And the list goes on.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickeymat, 3/1/2013 7:32:42 AM     (No. 9202167)

All this publicity about bullying and no one seems to be asking the most basic question-why make a category called bullying when every act that involves bullying is already and always has been against school rules and should be enforced? If a student engages in name calling he/she should be punished not sent to sensitivity training. If a student shoves a kid against a locker he/she should be suspended. Toms River school division clearly does not enforce its own rules. When these rules are enforced bullying is reduced to almost nothing.

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