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Jury Verdicts and Settlements in Bullying Cases (June 2016 edition) As part of Public Justice’s Anti-Bullying Campaign, we are tracking jury verdicts and settlements in bullying cases filed against school districts in federal and state courts throughout the country. Each case, organized by state, lists the relief achieved—both monetary and non-monetary—as well as the nature of the harassment, the number of plaintiffs, the basic facts, the causes of action, and the plaintiffs’ attorneys. We hope this resource will be helpful to attorneys representing bullied students. If you are working on, or know of, a bullying case that has resulted in a judgment or settlement, please let us know so that we can include the case on this list. Please send your information to Adele Kimmel, Senior Attorney, at akimmel@publicjustice.net. In addition, if you are interested in obtaining co- counsel or other legal assistance from Public Justice on a bullying case, please contact us. School districts and officials need to comply with the law and respond appropriately to bullying. We want to make sure that they do. For more information, please read our primer, “Litigating Bullying Cases: Holding School Districts and Officials Accountable.” ALASKA T.F. v. Anchorage School District (Super. Ct. 3d Judicial Dist. 2004)  Settlement: $4.5 million.  Harassment/Injuries: Verbal and physical harassment; attempted suicide.  Single Plaintiff.  Basic Facts: Following repeated bullying by other students, T.F., a 14-year-old eighth grade student, attempted to hang himself and suffered irreversible brain damage. T.F.’s classmates regularly harassed him verbally and physically, pushing him in the hallways, knocking textbooks out of his hands, throwing his clarinet in the trash, and assaulting him in the bathroom.  Causes of Action: Unknown.  Plaintiff’s Attorney: Dennis Maloney of Anchorage, AK.  More Information: http://juneauempire.com/stories/070104/sta_details.shtml. CALIFORNIA Callahan ex rel. Roe v. Gustine Unified School District, 678 F. Supp. 2d 1008 (E.D. Cal. 2009)  Settlement: Undisclosed amount.  Harassment/Injuries: Sexual assault and hazing.  Single Plaintiff.  Basic Facts: Upper-class football players sodomized a freshman teammate at a school-sponsored camp by blowing pressurized air through his rectum with a battery-powered air pump. The teammates also groped him in the shower and beat him on the head and face with a pillow case full of heavy objects. After the weekend, the freshman became the target of anti-gay taunts. publicjustice.net National Headquarters West Coast Office 1620 L Street NW, Suite 630, Washington DC 20036 555 12th Street, Suite 1230, Oakland, CA 94607 (202) 797-8600 phone · (202) 232-7203 fax (510) 622-8150 phone · (510) 622-8155 fax  Causes of Action: Title IX claim for deliberate indifference to sexual harassment; claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging equal protection violation; state tort law claims for sexual battery, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent supervision, negligent training and negligence per se; California state constitutional claim alleging an equal protection violation; and California statutory claims for gender violence, deprivation of a civil right, freedom from violence, sex discrimination, and vicarious liability of a parent for the willful acts of a minor.  Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Donald Proietti and Kimberly Flores of Allen, Proietti & Fagalde, LLP, Merced, CA.  More Information: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-caed-1_07-cv- 00796/pdf/USCOURTS-caed-1_07-cv-00796-8.pdf. Doe, ex rel. Denari v. Kern High School District (Kern Cnty. Super. Ct. 2009)  Settlement: $260,000 ($42,500 from school district; remainder from bullies and parents).  Harassment/Injuries: Physical assault; hazing.  Single Plaintiff.  Basic Facts: Ninth grade student on debate team physically assaulted by teammates. Five upperclassmen on the team encased him from ankles to shoulders in plastic wrap and then bound him tightly with duct tape. Teammates then mocked and threatened him until a trickle of blood began to run from his mouth. On several occasions, the upperclassmen tried to tape him to a wall. After each attempt, he fell to the ground, knocking the wind out of him. Another student urinated on his shirt.  Cause of Action: State tort law.  Plaintiff’s Attorney: Unknown.  More Information: http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/archive/x820007988/Exclusive- Bullying-case-costs-families-thousands Doe v. Roe School District, Confidential Dkt. No. (Los Angeles Cnty. Super. Ct. 2012)  Settlement: $1.35 million.  Harassment/Inju

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