Judge: Parents Can’t Be Made To Pay For Kids’ Bullying

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) -

A New Jersey judge ruled on Monday that the parents of bullies cannot be held financially liable for their children’s actions.

The family of a Flemington-Raritan boy who claims to have been bullied in school, saying the schools did not do enough to stop it despite years of complaints. The school attempted to have the parents of 13 alleged bullies held responsible for negligence, arguing that parents share responsibility for their children’s actions even when they’re at school.

But Superior Court Judge Yolanda Ciccone said that parental negligence cannot be presumed but rather must be proven. But she ruled that the districts could sue five of the students themselves for assault. If those claims are successful, those students’ parents could still be forced to pay.