Said father has a disagreement with the coach about it, said teen gets kicked off the team. The school said the teen was dismissed for unexcused absences.What followed was a $40 million dollar lawsuit against the coach, the athletic director, the principal, the school, the superintendent, the school board and anyone who’s ever breathed on the teen. The basis for the lawsuit – wait for it – bullying. “Not allowing his son to participate constitutes bullying, harassment, and an abusive environment,” in which the sophomore’s rights to due process and freedom of speech were impeded, the suit says.
Getting ousted from the team is undoubtedly a bad thing that has happened to this teen but is every bad thing that happens on school grounds bullying? Is this a real case with real issues or is it a case of crying wolf?
There are no federal laws that address bullying. A case of bullying filed in federal court must either intersect with discriminatory harassment based on race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion or it will fail.
Mears emotions are clearly running high but emotions won’t win a $40 million dollar lawsuit in federal court without the proper basis.
(Source: MSN, philly.com, Stopbullying.gov)
- Dad sues NJ school over son’s ouster from team (sfgate.com)