Tough bullying law proposed on Long Island

May 11, 2010 3:40:22 PM PDT
A new law was proposed on Long Island to hold principals accountable for bullying that goes on in their schools. Wenonah Elementary School was more like a prison than a place of learning for Jamie Isaacs.

"I just kept telling myself just think of other things. I couldn't fall asleep at night so I would try to put myself in a happy place, but it wouldn't work for me," described 14-year-old Jamie.

Starting in the second grade, Jamie says she was tortured by fellow students almost every day.

It was blatant bullying she says that continued after she graduated to Samoset Middle School.

Her parents say administrators with the Sachem School District did nothing to stop it.

"I don't know if you have kids or not but when something bad happens to them, your heart aches probably worse than they hurt," said Jamie's father.

Nationwide, experts say schools have seen a rising tide of bullying, and it's even turned deadly.

Massachusetts prosecutors indicted nine teens for allegedly causing the suicide of a 15-year-old girl.

In Suffolk County, Legislator Jon Cooper wants to hold school administrators accountable.

He's proposed slapping principals with a misdemeanor and $1,000 fine, should they fail to protect the victims of bullies.

Tuesday afternoon Jamie, who now attends private school, asked county leaders to pass the bill and help other kids like her.

"So that they can find other ways to get around all this, so they don't have to kill themselves to get rid of it all," said Jamie.

Jamie's family has filed at least four lawsuits against the Sachem School District, which refused to comment on her case, citing pending litigation.


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