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Lawsuit Accuses Ridgewood Schools of a Cover up and Violating it’s Own “Cyber Bullying” and Social Media Policies

November 17,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, looks like the Ridgewood blog was not the only one with unanswered questions about the fighting incident that took place at Stevens and Brookside fields. We recently observed that the ,

“Ridgewood High School “ANTI BULLYING POLICY” was adapted in 2016 , it has very clear rolls for students , parents and staff, While the kids involved in the incident have gotten all the attention , the little public information that is available about the incident and what led up to the incident would lead anyone to suspect the Ridgewood High School anti bullying policy , despite years of finger wagging was not followed and it appears that not only were students documented to be in violation of the policy but clearly so were some staff and parents .”

So the question remains for the Ridgewood School System ; who knew ,when did they know and why did they not act?

After an investigation of the incident the Ridgewood Police  charged a 14-year-old with aggravated assault and simple assault. The 16-year-old was charged with simple assault.

Which all let us to ask , “who knew ,when did they know and why did they not act?”

Looks like we were not alone Fort Lee attorney Rosemarie Arnold delivered two notices of intent to Ridgewood High School on Thursday stating that the parents of a 16-year-old boy intend to sue the Board of Education, high school principal Thomas Gorman and superintendent Daniel Fishbein because they allegedly violated their own policies regarding bullying and social media, sounds just like our article .

According to their website the Law Offices Rosemarie Arnold is based in Fort Lee Law and represents clients In New Jersey And New York. On their website they claim , ” we are a strong voice for victims of negligence.”
Aronold seems to go after big cases an is not afraid of a little attention. On her home page it states, “Our law firm receives significant attention in professional publications and major media outlets due to our success in high-profile cases.”

In the notice Arnold claims that the Ridgewood High School “did not implement proper social media and bullying policies and procedures’ .The notice also accuses Ridgewood High School of “not enforcing the meager policies they had in existence — therefore, students knew there were no penalties for violation of the policies, creating a culture of unrelenting bullying and harassment.”

Arnold went even further by accusing the school and district officials of a cover up, “to protect the school’s reputation and the reputation of the child of a teacher in the district.”
Arnold has also filed suit against SNAP Inc., the Delaware-based parent of Snapchat, as well as 47 unidentified students who “instigated, incited, aided or abetted and filmed the beating of the victim.”

10 thoughts on “Lawsuit Accuses Ridgewood Schools of a Cover up and Violating it’s Own “Cyber Bullying” and Social Media Policies

  1. Pick a physical fight, lose, pick another physical fight, lose BADLY, pick a legal fight…is there any doubt how this will turn out?

  2. What an utterly shameless family. If being a long term multi-generational Ridgewood resident leads to this, I cannot wait to get out of here as soon as possible.

  3. I’m with you 10:17.

  4. Arnold sent notices presumably under the NJ Tort Claims Act so she is no doubt aware that the likelihood of recovering damages against RHS and the BOE is exactly zero. The intent therefore is probably to inflict embarrassment and nuisance upon those sued and/or to garner cheap publicity for her firm. Look for an early Motion to dismiss by Matt Rogers

  5. Matt Rogers is not the BOE’s attorney.

  6. Is showing up with Rosemarie Arnold the same as showing up with Gloria Allred?

  7. This smells preemptive – maybe to try and build a shield against the school taking action against both junior and his friend?

  8. “…taking action against both the junior and his friend.” To whom are you referring, 2:45pm, the Junior’s supposed girlfriend? Or some other friend?

  9. The apple diesnt fall far from the tree

  10. Somebody should inform the Ridgewood Patch that their reporting is faulty . Shame that Ridgewood community is being slandered in some ways

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