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BOCES Anti-Semetic Bullying: Who's to Blame? [POLL]

Family suing for $10.5 million after son gets bullied, now Patch wants you to weigh in on this topic.

The family of a student at Nassau BOCES Eagle Avenue Middle School in West Hempstead recently filed a $10.5 million lawsuit against the school and the Hewlett-Woodmere School District, alleging that staffers stood by as their son was bullied by schoolmates.

Gedaliah Hoffman, an Orthodox Jewish special-needs student from Woodmere, was subjected to "vile anti-Semitic slurs and threats," according to the suit, reports the New York Post.

According to The Herald, the complaint filed by Gedaliah and his mother Lori said, "other children were permitted to call Gedaliah a 'f------ Jew' because he was wearing a yarmulke on his head."

She is seeking $10 million in damages and $500,000 for the loss of services and the cost of medical treatment she required as a result of the situation.

Nassau BOCES and the Hewlett-Woodmere School District declined to comment on the matter.

Issues of bullying are being seen almost daily around the country. Two weeks ago, bullying was one of the major concerns reported after 17-year-old T.J. Lane opened fire at Chardon High School, killing three and injuring several more. But who is to blame in this particular instance?

ftptch March 09, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I don't understand how we can assign blame when we don't even have details past the filing of the lawsuit?? Or is it because it's a poor, probably completely innocent, handicapped Orthodox that we have to immediately assign blame to everyone else?
Dan March 09, 2012 at 06:13 PM
As a professional in the educational system I can say with certainty that there are no other sides to the story - regardless of any persons, religion there have been many incidents like this all over the country. Any comments, or ideas otherwise , are attempts by the authorities involved to cover up their own participation, or lack thereof - which contributed to this sad story. I hope he is doing ok, and I feel bad for what they went through.
Marty Smith March 09, 2012 at 06:22 PM
There is no place for hatred. There is no place for racism. There is certainly no place for ANY violence or lethargy when it comes to dealing with racial crimes. For the parties involved I hope they feel regret, and that they are disciplined and resolve never to do anything like that again. I hope the kid and get through this...
Chris Albanese March 09, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Again jumping to the conclusion that if there's a lawsuit, it must be valid. I do not condone or support discrimination or bullying of any sort but I do believe that it can't be as cut and dry as the plaintiff's attorney would have you believe. Any time I see millions of dollars, I tend to think they want a quick settlement. Also, and I am not a lawyer and no longer work in the school system, so I don't know the answer to this, but what if the alleged bullies are also special needs students and have no idea that what they are doing is wrong? They could have been spoken to several times and not have it sink in. I am fairly certain that this person was with other special needs students. How does the staff handle that?

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