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VICTIMS TURN TO THE COURTS.

ELEVEN parents of bullied children are launching legal actions against local authorities - claiming that staff failed to protect them.

They have signed up with Glasgow-based lawyer Cameron Fyfe who is set to sue East Dunbartonshire Council on behalf of Rona Raphael.

Her 15-year-old daughter Nicola - a pupil at Lenzie Academy - overdosed on painkillers after being bullied for her 'Goth' look. Mr Fyfe is also handling claims on behalf of pupils from Milngavie, Paisley and Wishaw.

He could force councils to pay out up to pounds 20,000 to victims of bullying.

Mr Fyfe said: "I'm writing to education departments asking them if they'll settle out of court. If they don't, then a court action will be raised.

"I hope schools will now do something about the bullies. I don't know why they haven't expelled or suspended them. Victims are left to suffer - and it should be the other way round."
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Date:Nov 1, 2001
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