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Published: Thursday, Nov. 26 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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Chad S

Good. Teach a bully exactly what assault and battery mean to the criminal justice system and see how big he is then. All bullies who physically assault others should be prosecuted like this.

Anonymous

Let's hope they win this suit. There's not place for violence in our schools.

Karen

Absolutely hope the victim wins!!

But I call a foul on the News! The school is in the Canyons district and it should have been reported as such. Seems a bit of bully behavior to put Jordan's name on it.

Bullies.

This law suit is petty and vindictive.

Suing the parents seems rather insane as the bully boy will not face any punishment, only his parents. Parents cannot be held liable any longer for childrens' social behaviors, its forbidden and against the law.

If the bully has been a problem in school why wasn't the parents notified and why didn't the school do something?

The parents of the injured boy should have the boy enrolled in some self defense classes to deal with his own problems. Children are better at putting a stop to bully's than laws or regulations if we allow them to act and defend themselves with some physical retribution. It can be done and not with weapons either, if they are taught how to do it with reason and prudence.

It may sound barbaric but humans are barbaric and in constant conflict. Many times a bully with a bloody nose learns real quick he is not so tuff after all. Most bully's are cowards anyway and will walk away from conflict if he knows he is facing another kid not willing to take his harassment.

Thomas

The problems with your solutions are that the violence just escalates. Your question is valid about reporting problems, but cultural prohibitions against "snitches" creates barriers. As the individual in question caused physical injury, he should be remanded to the juvenile justice system. And his parents are ultimately responsible for their sons' behavior. The litigation is justified by the physical harm that was meted out. The victims' family incurred medical expenses as a result of the harm.

CHENEY

Some BULLIES never get it...

Bengel

Thomas, I disagree with you that "the violence just escalates." We have the right to use reasonable force to prevent the use of unlawful force by others.

My son was the victim of a neighborhood bully. He had victimized our son repeatedly. Involving his parents and adult leaders did not discourage him. We knew the bully would see our son's first Scout camp as another opportunity to victimize our son.

As expected, when the bully had what he thought was an opportune moment, he attacked. My son hit him once, hard, in the shoulder. The bully grabbed his shoulder and said, "Ow! That hurts!"

The physical bullying stopped that day. The verbal bullying continued for years, perhaps in an attempt to goad my son into an unlawful use of force. It never succeeded. My son knew the limits. He never exceeded them.

The bully learned his limits in a way far more effective than referrals to his parents, other adults, or the juvenile justice system. The delayed price he payed for his conduct did not dissuade him. When he learned the immediate price for assaulting my son was higher than he was willing to pay, he stopped.

Jeff

I hope the kid takes the bully and his parents to the cleaners. Parents are to blame for raising a child who is a bully. Parents need to get control of their bullies. This should help. I know from experience that a child who is bullied is very alone. Schools also share the blame. We could also expand it to include American society as a whole.

Stop bullies

I hope the parents win this one and school administrators start paying attention to what is going on in their schools.

More times than not the school buries the problem rather than fix the problem.

@Karen

The article mentioned that Albion Middle is currently in the Canyons District, but at the time of the incident that the parents are suing about, Albion was a school in the Jordan District. No one was trying to "bully" the JSD or give it a black eye. The reporter was being factual. Go back and read the article.

You sound a tad defensive regarding the JSD.

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