NYC Public Schools To Overhaul How They Deal With Bullying

August 01, 2018 - 6:46 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The city’s public school system is overhauling how it deals with bullying in schools, as part of a settlement involving parents of bullied children.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported Wednesday, the parents of 23 city public school kids in the lawsuit said they were consistently stonewalled by Department of Education staff as they tried to let the schools know their kid was being bullied.

“Even when they went to the chancellor or called 311, they got no action,” said Jim Walden, the attorney representing the parents.

Walden said the new agreement will raise the level of accountability in city public schools so that staff have to address bullying.

“It is, at least from the perspective of bullying, a dawn of a new day,” Walden said.

City public schools will now have to create an electronic system where parents and students can submit a bullying complaint, and then track how it is being handled.

In the case of a student being bullied multiple times, that student’s parents can now demand their kid be sent to another school, and the DOE has to comply with that request.

Bullying is a known major issue in city schools.

A report this year from city Comptroller Scott Stringer shows one in five city school students do not feel safe in or near their schools.