A 12-person jury panel found the Bossier School District and one teach
at fault for an elementary student's injuries, which were sustained
as a result of school bullying. Our client, a student of Carrie Martin
Elementary School in Plain Dealing, was just 10 years old when he was
victimized by school bullies under the supervision of the teacher that
was named in the suit. With attorney Justin Dewett of Simmons, Morris
& Carroll representing the plaintiff's party, the jury's verdict
awarded $125,000 in damages to the child, $25,000 in loss of consortium
to his mother in addition to having his medical bills, which amounted
to $12,674, paid in full by the School District.
The young boy was pushed off of playground equipment on December 10, 2012.
When he went to the supervising teacher to report the incident, the teacher
took little note of the children involved and simply told him to play
on the other side of the playground. The young boy was then followed by
the first child and the bully was joined by three others when the victim
tried to free himself. Trying to free himself from their hold, the young
boy was tackled several times and fell on his stomach, where his arm was
broken when one of the kids reportedly jumped on him while he was down.
The victim's injuries required surgery and the placement of two rods
in his arm.
The plaintiff's party claimed that the teacher and the School District
breached their duty to investigate and address reports of school bullying,
demonstrating that the young boy's mother and the young boy himself
had voiced multiple concerns of bullying by the same children long before
the incident. While the defendant's claimed that Louisiana's bullying
laws were such that this claim was beyond the scope of the law, the jury
found that a breach had been made and that the School and its teacher
had handled the situation with neglect and improper supervision.
Morris, Dewett & Savoie, LLC is a proud advocate for the movement
to end bullying. While we are glad that the jury found in favor of our
young client and his rights, it saddens us to see this type of treatment
experienced in Louisiana schools. If you or your child has been the victim
of bullying, contact our firm to find out how our team wants to help you
put an end to the abuse.