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Should Parents Be Responsible If Their Kids Bully Others?

Should Parents Be Responsible If Their Kids Bully Others?

By now you’ve probably heard about the two Florida girls that were arrested for cyber bullying another girl into committing suicide. The question that many people have asked is whether or not the parents of those two girls should be held responsible legally

The police involved in the case said if they had enough to charge the parents they would have. State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, who worked on Texas' cyber bullying law told KTRH the answer isn't so black and white.

“It’s difficult to hold a parent liable for the offenses of their children,” the State Senator said.

And why is that?

It is the student themselves that will suffer the repercussions of the bullying, whether it’s expulsion or whether it’s something as drastic as an assault charge,” Van de Putte said.

But Louis Geigerman, who worked with Asher Brown's family after the Houston teenager killed himself in 2010 after being bullied, says the answer is easy.

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“These girls were out of control. How do we stop that? Let’s bring the parent into it. Let’s make them pay through civil action. I don’t know if we’ll get anywhere with criminal actions, though,” Geigerman told KTRH.

Geigerman telling KTRH that suing the parents because of what their kids did is the direction we seem to be going in.

“Attorneys can make the case there is civil liability. That’s been argued,” Geigerman said.

 

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