Bullying Litigation

Child Bullying Litigation Lawyers Toronto, Barrie & GTA

No child should be subjected to bullying

This niche and emerging practice area, part of the broader sphere of education law, at RLG, is built upon our desire to help children and their families stop the tragic and destructive bullying that is so prevalent in our schools, particularly at private and independent schools in the province.

Bullying Law in Ontario

In Ontario, Accepting Schools Act, 2012: An Act to amend the Education Act pertains to bullying in schools.. The Act sets out the rights and responsibilities of teachers, schools, school boards, other school board employees, and ministries when preventing or dealing with bullying and cyberbullying instances. The law pertains to all incidents of child bullying in schools and cyberbullying that affect the school’s learning climate, whether on or off school property, face-to-face, or electronic.

Bullying and Private/Independent Schools in Ontario

Education is under the legislative domain of provinces and territories in Canada; its major piece of governing legislation in the province of Ontario is the Education Act. Sadly, the provincial government will not help you if your child is bullied in a private or independent school.

By and large, the Education Act does not apply to private and independent schools in the province; such schools are considered distinct from other schools and operate as businesses or non-profit organizations. Regrettably, there is no specific legislation regarding bullying for private and independent schools in the province. Calling the police may not be effective. It appears to be extremely difficult for children’s aid societies to enter private and independent schools when child protection concerns of bullying are reported to them.

You can fight back and stop bullying at school.

Suing schools has proven effective in the past. For example, in the 2004 case of Kaufman v. Leo Baeck Day School, the parents were successful in forcing the private school to reinstate their son. The school had expelled the Kaufman student after holding a meeting behind closed doors and not giving the parents an opportunity to be heard. With respect to the student, the judge said his conduct had been exemplary.

How to prevent bullying?

Preventing bullying in schools in Canada is imperative for fostering a safe learning environment. Robust anti-bullying measures encompass education, vigilance, and legal enforcement. Schools must educate students about bullying’s repercussions, promoting empathy and reporting mechanisms. Vigilance requires responsive teachers and parents who can recognize signs early and address them promptly. Additionally, enforcing school bullying laws empowers authorities to investigate and counteract bullying effectively. By combining these strategies, we can deter bullying in Canadian schools and create a nurturing atmosphere where every student feels secure and respected. Together, we work towards eradicating the menace of bullying, ensuring a brighter, safer future for our children.

Latest Child Bullying Cases

  1. Mother Doe and Jane Doe v. Havergal College et al. 
  2. Andrew Rogerson and Grace Rogerson v. Havergal College et al. 


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