Court orders school to pay bullying victim

2015-05-16 09:48

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Mexico City - Mexico's Supreme Court has ordered a private school to give $33 000 in compensation to a seven-year-old boy who was bullied by other pupils with a teacher's approval.

It was the first time that the court ruled on bullying, an issue that turned into national debate after a series of high-profile cases prompted President Enrique Pena Nieto to vow action last year.

The court said in a statement that its ruling establishes "specific recommendations for the government in order to identify, prevent and combat a phenomenon so harmful as bullying, at the national level."

Demonstrate for justice

Around 40% of pupils reported being bullied in 2013, up from 30% in 2011, according to the National Human Rights Commission.

The court said in a statement that it ruled against a school in the central State of Mexico "because one of its teachers incited the mistreatment" and for "negligence by the school for not taking any measures to prevent and combat the harassment."

The child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In a case that shocked Mexico, a 12-year-old boy died in May 2014 from injuries sustained in a beating by classmates in the northern state of Tamaulipas, prompting hundreds of people to demonstrate for justice.

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