Bullying Lawsuit


BANKS’ LAWYER SAYS HIS CLIENT HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG. THANK YOU. A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ACCUSE THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OF LACKING ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN IT COMES TO BULLYING. Reporter: ONE OF THE WORST TIMES SHE WAS BULLIED WAS IN THIRD GRADE. THIS KID WAS BEHIND ME AND PLAYING WITH [ INDISCERNIBLE ] AND HE CUT ME HAIR. Reporter: WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM? NOTHING. Reporter: SHE CHANGED SCHOOLS AFTER ANOTHER UPSETTING INCIDENT. SHE SAYS BULLIES NEVER SEEM TO FACE CONSEQUENCES. IT’S A HORRIBLE FEELING TO KNOW THAT NO ONE UNDERSTANDS WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH, THAT THE BULLY CAN JUST BULLY YOU WITHOUT ANYBODY NOTICING OR ANY ADULTS NOTICING AND CARING FOR YOU. Reporter: HER MOTHER MAXINE IS HOPING TO JOIN THE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT DEMANDS BETTER TRAINING OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EMPLOYEES WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH BULLIES. I PRAY IT WILL BRING JUSTICE AND OPEN UP PARENTS’S EYES AND GIVE LIGHT TO THE GOOD TEACHERS THERE WITH A PASSION TO HELP THESE KIDS GAIN A BRIGHTER FUTURE AND NOT TO DO DAMAGE. Reporter: OTHER MEMBERS OF THE 11 FAMILIES ALREADY PART OF THE LAWSUIT HAD DISTURBING STORIES OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TRAUMATIZING THEIR KIDS. OUR CHILDREN ALL HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE IN SCHOOL. WHEN WE TRIED TO GET OUR CHILDREN HELP, WE WERE ALL FAILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. NEW YORK CITY IS FACING A CRISIS OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND THE STATISTICS ARE SHOCKING. Reporter: THE GROUP LAUNCHED THE SAFE SCHOOLS NOW CAMPAIGN AND SAYS THERE’S BEEN A REST SENT UPTICK. IN THE LAST THREE WEEKS ALONE FOUR GUNS. Reporter: HE SAYS IT’S NOT A CHARTER VERSUS DISTRICT SCHOOL ISSUE. THE SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR SAYS STUDENT SAFETY IS A PRIORITY. I CAN ASSURE PARENTS THAT THIS IS SOMETHING WE TAKE SERIOUSLY ANYTIME SOMETHING COMES UP. WE DEAL WITH IT IMMEDIATELY. Reporter: THE LAWSUIT IS ASKING FOR BETTER ENFORCEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S OWN POLICIES. LAWSUITS HAVE A PROCESS TO FOLLOW AND WE WILL FOLLOW THAT PROCESS. Reporter: THE LAWSUIT IS NOT SEEKING ANY FINANCIAL DAMAGES BUT IS ASKING FOR CHANGE LIKE THE APPOINTMENT OF AN INDEPENDENT MONITOR WHO CAN AUDIT AND MAKE SURE THE