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Paralyzed Victim Sawyer Rosenstein Gets $4.2 Million (paralyzed by school bully's assault)
International Business Times ^ | April 18, 2012

Posted on 04/19/2012 7:02:38 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

A N.J. bully's punch to the abdomen left a middle school student paralyzed. Now the New Jersey school district that allowed this incident to happen has agreed to pay a $4.2 million to settle a lawsuit from the victim's family.

Sawyer Rosenstein complained to school officials about being repeatedly attacked by a known violent bully at the Eric Smith Middle School. The bully punched Rosenstein in the face a year earlier.

On Feb. 9, 2006, Rosenstein, then 12, emailed school officials asking for help.

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Just three months later, he was punched in the abdomen at school on May 16, 2006. He complained of a pain in his back later that day at home.

Two days later his parents heard a scream from his bedroom.

"We picked him up and called an ambulance," the Rosenstein's father told The New Jersey Record. "He hasn't walked since."

(Excerpt) Read more at ibtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: newjersey; publicschools

1 posted on 04/19/2012 7:02:40 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: fieldmarshaldj; metmom; wintertime; traviskicks; 2ndDivisionVet

This poor kid suffered permanent confinement to a wheelchair by a bully he had complained about for several months. But school systems will suspend kids who defend themselves from bullying. Parents need to stop using these institutions. They’re destructive to the young people they’re alleged to benefit.


2 posted on 04/19/2012 7:06:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Clintonfatigued

That is a very sad story. It is too bad that a major portion of that does not come from the parents of the bully - and that the bully has not been incarcerated a minimum of 10 years for assault.


3 posted on 04/19/2012 7:06:58 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Clintonfatigued

Lawyers probably got half if not more.


4 posted on 04/19/2012 7:08:00 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Clintonfatigued; Morgana

My question is why are the taxpayers responsible for this?

How about making the school OFFICIALS and bully pay out of their own pockets?


5 posted on 04/19/2012 7:09:23 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
How about making the school OFFICIALS and bully pay out of their own pockets?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

6 posted on 04/19/2012 7:10:59 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I just read this and forwarded to another article for more info. Seems the “bully” is being protected -no info on him/her.


7 posted on 04/19/2012 7:11:26 PM PDT by imemyself
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To: Clintonfatigued
But school systems will suspend kids who defend themselves from bullying.

And Florida will prosecute victims who defend themselves from their attackers.

8 posted on 04/19/2012 7:11:38 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Clintonfatigued

does this story smell funny to anyone else?

What 12 year old writes email to the school saying he would like “coping mechanisms”

Then... he screams and falls down in his bedroom.... not on the schoolyard where he was suposedly injured

what kind of a an injusry causes parlysis 2 days later? (not saying it is not possible)

I may be cynical, but I bet we see this kid up and around spending his 4.5 mil

the schools are not complaining because this plays into the current “bullying” fad- for which we are going to certainly needs $billions of “funding” to solve...


9 posted on 04/19/2012 7:13:17 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Ah - the story says: "The Rosenstein family settled outside of court against the attacker for an undisclosed amount last year."

I hope the amount was sufficient to keep the bully's family beating on the bully every day.

10 posted on 04/19/2012 7:15:56 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

because beating him everyday will certainly make him a better, less bitter person. :p


11 posted on 04/19/2012 7:17:00 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Mr. K
what kind of a an injusry causes parlysis 2 days later? (not saying it is not possible)

What kind of person doesn't click the link and read the article to find out?

Oh....

12 posted on 04/19/2012 7:18:09 PM PDT by Gunslingr3
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To: Clintonfatigued
Rosenstein spent years in treatment and rehabilitation, undergoing 19 surgeries and a complete spinal fusion. He missed almost a year of school.

Once he went back to class, he had to see his attacker every day. The violent bully had only received a few days of suspension.

Incredible. And what does the state care? It's not like the $4.2M is coming out of their pockets.

13 posted on 04/19/2012 7:18:41 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: GeronL
LOL...

Nope, perhaps it would not - maybe just once ~might~ make him a better person.

But, I would imagine that the lack of punishment and guidance for the years prior have made that kid a rotten person that will never become a better person.

14 posted on 04/19/2012 7:25:19 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Clintonfatigued
Of course, being an NJer, I'm paying for this now, not anyone associated with the school. But they weren't really anymore at fault than I was.

I do think that suits like this might be a good thing though. If there are enough of them it could help kill public education.

ML/NJ

15 posted on 04/19/2012 7:26:43 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Ron C.

of that I have no doubt


16 posted on 04/19/2012 7:39:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

“My question is why are the taxpayers responsible for this?”

Taxpayers voted to have public schools and require their attendance. They then also hired those school officials, voted the spending measures, etc. So, taxpayers are just as guilty as it is their government that allowed this to happen.


17 posted on 04/19/2012 7:44:44 PM PDT by CodeToad (If it ain't Newt, we're screwt !)
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To: Mr. K
Don’t know much about blood clots - or reading comprehension, Huh?

Not to mention - what kid is going to spend from middle school through the rest of his teenage years in a wheelchair - from 12 years old to 19 - in the hopes of possible payoff.

Don't know what you're on, but you might consider putting it away - forever.

18 posted on 04/19/2012 7:50:53 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("If you bought it - a truck brought it" - and because of the price of gas/it costs more.)
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To: CodeToad; GeronL

Actually, school districts carry insurance for stuff like this. It was the decision of the insurance company to settle, not the school district.


19 posted on 04/19/2012 7:52:21 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (A conservative can't please a liberal unless he jumps in front of a bus or off of a cliff)
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To: Clintonfatigued

They should stop protecting bullies at this level and try them as adults.


20 posted on 04/19/2012 7:54:11 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Clintonfatigued

I am sure the parents have been punished far more than equity would allow, but, why do parents make their kids go back to schools where they are being bullied?

I wouldn’t go to work if people were hitting me there.


21 posted on 04/19/2012 8:23:32 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: imemyself

Have the parents of the bully charged with maintaining a public nuisance.


22 posted on 04/19/2012 8:37:42 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Not asked, nor even referred to, is the question of whether this bullying was an act of “anti-semitism” (if Rosenstein is Jewish).

New Jersey has its share of anti-semites, esp. at Rutgers, Princeton and some smaller colleges.

It would be interesting if someone would do a follow-up on this story as to why Rosenstein was being bullied. Could be just a personality issue or something else.


23 posted on 04/19/2012 8:39:14 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Clintonfatigued

a punch to the stomach made this guy paralized... and people think that Zimmerman wasn’t justified to shoot Trayvon?

It doesn’t really take that much to kill or permentally damage someone, as this article proves.


24 posted on 04/19/2012 8:46:22 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The schools do nothing about this problem. If you complain, they tell you that you are the problem. The teacher’s behaviour actually encourages the bullies to pick on the one kid.

I think the teachers get in a mind set that they are kids them selves. If I go to another school event and hear a teacher or band leader say “These kids are sooooo awsome...”

They seem to adopt the lingo and immaturity of the students they teach and sadly in the case of this poor student do not act like adults when they should.

The headmaster of this school should do five years in jail!


25 posted on 04/19/2012 8:52:49 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: GeronL
because beating him everyday will certainly make him a better, less bitter person.

Beat his arse, you are darn right. Wallop him upside the head night and day. Reduce him to tears and don't stop until he is huddled up in the fetal position in the corner of the bathroom...Seriously, that is all bad kids like this understand. You need to beat it out of them.

26 posted on 04/19/2012 8:56:44 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Mr Rogers
Actually, school districts carry insurance for stuff like this. It was the decision of the insurance company to settle, not the school district.

the VAST majority of government agencies are self-insured

27 posted on 04/19/2012 8:57:55 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

That’s gonna build up a lot of empathy!


28 posted on 04/19/2012 9:01:04 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: randog

Ramsey, NJ is a very affluent area.....maybe this happened at a private school. Most of the kids in the Mawah - Ramsey area attend private schools. Just saying.


29 posted on 04/19/2012 9:37:59 PM PDT by guyfromjrz (fresh breath, it speaks for itself.)
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To: GeronL

Bad kids are not capable of learning empathy. They are bad and only understand a whooping. They must learn a conditioned reflex. Do bad get whooped, like a shock reflex. You must recognize there is sometimes only good or evil and no inbetween. The evil must be beat back.


30 posted on 04/19/2012 11:37:10 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
The bully punched Rosenstein in the face a year earlier.
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Parents: There are schools soooooo horrific that it would be better for the child to NEVER attend!

Illiterate and innumerate is better than paralyzed.

Illiterate and innumerate can be fixed paralyzed or dead can't.

31 posted on 04/20/2012 5:11:47 AM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: Persevero
I wouldn’t go to work if people were hitting me there.
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Society plays mind games with children. They are told that schools are the “real world”. They are told that learning how to deal with bullies is somehow helping them to deal with the “real world”.

Yet....In the real “real world”, adults would win MILLIONS from their employer if subjected to this abuse, and in the real “real world”, adults are free to seek employment elsewhere.

Then....Parents and other adults wonder why teens grow sullen, answer in monosylables, and give them that 20 degree off-centered stare. This is behavior seen in prisoners. And...People wonder why there is a generation gap? Why should teens trust parents and adults who subject them to this institutional abuse?

32 posted on 04/20/2012 5:21:15 AM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: terycarl

In another article I read, it said the insurance company settled over the objections of the school district. As with most news articles, that may or may not be true.


33 posted on 04/20/2012 5:41:49 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (A conservative can't please a liberal unless he jumps in front of a bus or off of a cliff)
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