Parents Complaining About Teachers On Facebook Get Lawsuit Threats From School

A lot of us go to Facebook to vent our frustrations and complain about bureaucracies when we feel they're failing. It's been a prime place for parents to go to exchange horror stories about schools and teachers.

One group of parents were complaining in posts about school bullying, and about how the teachers weren't doing enough to stop it. Now the school is threatening to sue the parents.

Brockhill Park Performing Arts College in Saltwood, Kent hired a lawyer who wrote that the school would 'have no option other than recourse to legal action' if parents continued to voice their complaints on social media. The lawyer claims the comments are 'potentially defamatory'.

The threat came after parents began writing on Facebook that there is a lot of alleged bullying going on in the school, and that they don't think the teachers are handling the situations well. Some parents say the school has not dealt with some bullies in a satisfactory manner, and has dismissed their concerns when they approached the staff and faculty.

Parents trying to figure out how to deal with the school's lack of action against bullying were sent the legal threat. According to the threat, the lawyer says the Facebook conversation contains 'misleading and inaccurate information' and is 'critical of the school and specific staff members'.

Parents are furious that the school is trying to 'silence' them in such a heavy-handed manner. At least three parents say they have received the threatening letters, though there may have been more that went out. They can’t help but feel that the school is now bullying them.

“The school takes the welfare and protection of its pupils very seriously and is disappointed and most concerned to learn that you have decided to publish and threatened to publish further in the public domain, misleading and inaccurate information about the school and its handling of any complaints of bullying,” the letter reads.

Attorneys and school staff members have refused to comment on the issue.

There's no doubt that with social media, in public posts, people need to be careful about the kinds of things they write. The parents of students at Brockhill Park think that the school overreacted to their conversation, however.

They were surprised to get the threats before anyone from the school even contacted them to inquire about their concerns.

Bullying is a big problem on many campuses these days. According to EveryDayHealth.com, it's actually worse now than it ever was. It's gone beyond playground name-calling and fist-fights.

The internet has brought bullying to a whole new level, and acts of intimidation that cause students serious distress have ruined lives.

Suicides due to bullying are on the rise. Parents are encouraged to look for signs that their child is having trouble coping with bullies.

Schools are being pressed to take stricter actions as well and to implement zero tolerance policies. But when schools criticize parents for complaining, they come off more like bullies themselves.

Source: Yahoo
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