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They ended up settling for a very small amount – just to make a statement to the bully.
Most of us can’t afford to take those actions on principle alone.
If you are ever afraid for your safety, you need to contact law enforcement to investigate.
They can determine whether any threats made are credible.
A letter sent from an attorney (on law firm letterhead) to the bully may be all that is necessary to get the bullying to stop.
The problem with this approach is that it can be costly.
Another problem associated with pursuing a bully through civil action is that, even if you are successful and a judge or jury rules in your favor, it can be difficult to determine an appropriate damage amount.
I served as an expert witness in a cyberbullying case in the summer of 2008.
Also, please be careful not to retaliate – or do anything that might be perceived by an outsider to have contributed to the problem.For example, if you are being cyberbullied on Facebook, contact them.If you are receiving hurtful or threatening cell phone messages, contact your cell phone company to obtain assistance.In that case, the adult victims were being bullied in an AOL chat room.Everyone agreed that what the bully was doing was wrong, but to what were the victims entitled?
It’s no wonder that many teens are wrestling with this problem—they see the adults in their lives saying mean and nasty things to others on a regular basis.