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New DVD Warns Parents of Criminal and Legal Consequences
Tue, 04 May 2010, 14:52:27 EDT
WAREHAM, Mass. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Omni Publishing Co. today
announced the May 15 release of a DVD aimed at helping parents understand the
criminal and legal consequences of bullying. The DVD, "Bullying, Hazing and Parents -
A Guide for Parents of Middle and High School Students," warns parents that they must
be aware of and accountable for their children's behavior.
Publisher Henry M. Quinlan, Esq., a leading expert in the area of school law and issues
involving violence in schools, says the tragic suicide of Phoebe Prince in January has
set off a series of consequences taking effect throughout the country. The indictment of
six students from South Hadley High School, in Massachusetts, has set an example of
using criminal law in situations previously viewed as "school discipline" issues.
New laws are being passed calling for criminal investigations and prosecutions when harassment, bullying and cyber-bullying
activities are deemed to be criminal in nature. Victims and their parents are seeking civil damages as the result of these
activities - and the judicial system is upholding these rights.
"Parents need to know that if their child is bullying someone, he or she could become involved in criminal activities and or incur
civil liability as the result of their behavior. Parents could incur enormous legal expenses, and in some cases incur civil liability
themselves," said Quinlan.
Key highlights from the DVD include:
What parents should do if they discover their child is being bullied.
What parents should do if they discover their child is a bully.
Why parents need to know what their kids are doing online.
What is the parent's responsibility?
What is the school's responsibility?
How to avoid criminal consequences.
How to avoid civil consequence