Bullying in Ohio

At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we know all too well the consequences of bullying and the importance of putting a stop to it.

We have worked with a family suffering the most severe consequences of bullying. We represent the parents of Bethany Thompson, an 11-year-old who died by suicide in 2016 after being bullied.

Bullying encompasses a wide range of behavior, from verbal insults to social isolation and physical harm. Persistent bullying can cause victims to feel isolated, rejected, anxious, and depressed—all of which can contribute to suicidal behavior.

Bullying arises due to a real or perceived power imbalance. There may be a power imbalance due to a difference in the children’s size, strength, age, or cognitive capabilities. There may be a perceived power imbalance, which is or is not recognized by adults.

The unwanted and aggressive behavior of bullying is inherently repetitive. The child or children acting as bullies repeat the conduct routinely, often daily.

Bethany Thompson

Family of 11-Year Old Sues Triad Schools, Claims Bullying Led to Suicide

The lawsuit against the Triad Local School District is intended to do more than gain justice for Bethany’s family. We want to raise awareness regarding the pervasiveness and dangers of bullying and bring about change in how schools address bullying among their students.

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If your child is struggling with bullying, some resources can help you tackle the problem at home, online, and at school.

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About Kisling, Nestico & Redick

Our team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick understands the complexity and prevalence of bullying in today’s ever-connected world. We have first-hand experience with bullying in Ohio schools and online. Some of our attorneys experienced bullying as children and others have dealt with these issues for their children.

We believe it is important to support awareness regarding this issue. By raising awareness of bullying among children at school and online, we may help parents, teachers, and other adults prevent bullying. We also may help adults resolve this behavior before it leads to further harm.