Teenage Suicide: Can the Parents of the Child Who Bullied Be Held Legally Responsible?
Teenage Suicide: Can the Parents of the Child Who Bullied Be Held Legally Responsible?

In the U.S. alone, there is a rise in the number of teenage suicides related to bullying. Many people think of bullying as being physical. In fact, there are many other forms, including cyberbullying and emotional bullying. Cyberbullying, in particular, is a real threat since bullying is done from a distance.

Victims of bullying are as much as 9 percent more likely to seriously consider suicide. In addition, more than 30,000 children refuse to attend school in fear of being bullied. In one study of teens, 17 percent claimed to have been cyberbullied, another 45 percent were bullied physically, and 15 percent were bullied in a different way. Among the group of teens that committed suicide as the result of being bullied, a staggering 80 percent struggled with depression.

While girls typically experience psychological bullying, boys are physically bullied. Bullying consists of many things, including pushing and shoving, spitting, name calling, and the spreading of vicious rumors. Sadly, suicide is ranked as the leading cause of death for people between 15 and 24 years of age.

Any parent with a teen who was bullied to the point of committing suicide needs to take appropriate action. This includes getting law enforcement involved, notifying the school, and hiring an attorney to take legal action against the parent or parents of the underage person that did the bullying.

When seeking legal recourse against the parent or parents of the bully, you want to hire the best attorney. This professional will understand current laws against bullying and have a compassionate heart. Parents have the responsibility to do whatever it takes within legal realms to protect their children from being bullied. However, it is also their right to take legal action if their teen committed suicide because of bullying.

As bullying becomes a more prevalent issue, states are cracking down. Under parental liability laws, the parent or parents of a minor who bullies can be held accountable financially and for their child’s behavior. In some states, educators are liable for damages in cases where they knew bullying was happening but did nothing to stop it.

To hold the parent or parents of a child responsible for bullying a teen that results in suicide, it is important to work with a reputable attorney. Today, prosecutors take the issue of bullying seriously. They use every tool available to address the problem and hold the parent or parents of the bullying child responsible. This support helps the attorney when fighting on behalf of the family who lost a son or daughter to suicide.

In cases of teenage suicide due to bullying, the right attorney will work diligently to bring some justice to the family. If you suspect that your teen is being bullied, take action before something disastrous happens. Having open communication with your teen, seeking professional counseling, and hiring an attorney are vital. All teens should know about available resources when feeling suicidal. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (800-273-8255) is just one example.

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