WAREHAM, Mass. (CitizenWire) — 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 consequences.
About Omni Publishing Company:
Founded in 1997, Omni Publishing Company (www.omni-pub.com) is a leading multimedia publisher of school safety topics.
Title: Bullying, Hazing and Parents – A Guide for Parents of Middle and High School Students.
Available for $19.95
Available online at www.omni-pub.com .