|Jan. 2, 2015 | www.fisherphillips.com|
School bullying is one of the most pressing social, health, and educational concerns facing public and private schools alike. Long-term bullying, left unaddressed by schools or parents, can cause lasting physical and emotional harm to students. Bullying has been linked both to deadly school violence, such as the infamous 1999 Columbine High School massacre, and to suicide in a number of tragic incidents throughout the community.
Recent headlines confirm that the schoolyard bullies of yesteryear are all grown up and have joined the workforce – many of them in schools. Rather than taking place in the schoolyard or cafeteria, adult bullying is occurring in the teachers’ lounge and at faculty meetings.
In 1958, a Brown University senior was expelled because he had the temerity to bring his girlfriend to his dorm room. He did not contemplate litigation. Instead, Ted Turner moved back home to Atlanta to work at his family business and ultimately became a media mogul worth over $2 billion.