The Massachusetts District Attorney on the Phoebe Prince case has described the inaction of school officials as troublesome, but not criminal. In light of those remarks, Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers should consider the issue of tort liability arising from cases of school bullying.
While the school administration in the Phoebe Prince case might not be held up to a criminal measure of liability, court papers emerged detailing the calls for help made by Phoebe Prince to school officials; along with the torturous final days she endured at the hands of bullies.
In one alleged incident, the court papers describe a verbal assault that took place "right near the teachers", where defendant Sharon Chanon Velazquez started yelling the "f" word and was calling Phoebe Prince a "ho".
In another alleged incident, Phoebe Prince spoke to a school administrator. In her conversation with the school administrator, she said that she was scared of an impending attack based on verbal threats made by defendant Flannery Mullins. No action was taken, according to a witness, and Phoebe Prince returned to class. There were at least two other reported allegations of Phoebe Prince informing the school about the bullying. And while a student was suspended for one day involving verbal comments made to Phoebe, PA personal injury attorneys and personal injury attorneys across the country, are asking: Was it enough?