Make bullies’ parents pay – judge

VICTIMS of bullying should be able to make parents of their tormenters pay for their pain, says a former chief judge of Australia’s Family Court.

And schools should be made legally responsible for student bullying that takes place off campus and outside school hours, Alastair Nicholson says.

Mr Nicholson, one of Australia’s most respected legal figures, believes tougher laws could be crucial in the fight against “insidious and dangerous” bullying.

“If there’s one thing that makes people tend to be cautious … it’s the fact it might cost them a lot of money,” he said.

“If schools know they have a responsibility outside the gates, and if parents know they perhaps have a responsibility as well, there could well be consequences that would cause them to be a bit more careful about what their kids are doing.”


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