What to do if my minor son has been slandered and libeled by 3 parents and the principal of his school?

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What to do if my minor son has been slandered and libeled by 3 parents and the principal of his school?

This lead to my having to withdraw him form the school. Should I sue the principle and the parents individually or the school district which ignored my pleas for assistance in this matter?

Asked on October 14, 2012 under Personal Injury, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You can potentially sue the parents who defamed him (defamation is the general name for libel--written--and slander--oral--attacks on a person's reputation). Remember that defamation is the making of untrue factual statements which damage a person's reputation; true facts or opinions (e.g. "Johnny is creepy") are not defamation, even if harmful.

You could also sue the principal if he or she made defamatory comments, too. And in addition, you may be able able to sue the school and district, since they are liable for the wrongful actions of their staff performed in the course of employment. From what you write, it would be worthwhile for you to speak with a personal injury attorney about pursuing one or more claims.


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