Eleven students and their parents have been brought into a suit filed by a New Jersey teenager who accused two districts of not doing enough to stop eight years of bullying.
A judge this month allowed them to become third-party defendants. The judge and lawyers say it’s the first time a New Jersey judge has been asked by a district to add students as defendants in a bullying case.
A lawyer for one of the districts said that adding the alleged bullies as defendants puts the district in a favorable posture because it shows that officials responded appropriately to all reported instances of bullying.
A version of this article appeared in the April 02, 2014 edition of Education Week as N.J. Schools Can Bring Alleged Bullies Into Lawsuit