Question Details:In 09/09, a detective and a county prosecutor from the sex crimes unit, came to my home wanting to know if my daughter received text messages from her teacher. She gave them her cell phone and went to be questioned at the police station until 4 am. We came to find out there's over 50 young girls involved but my daughter is the only one to cooperate. The male teacher was arrested on 09/29/09. My daughter has lost friends and is having panic attacks. Do I need a personal injury attorney? I'm in NJ.
First, as the father of two daughters, please accept my sympathy.
Yes, you should be able to sue the district, the school, and the teacher himself for this behavior. If you daughter requires counseling or other medical or therapeutic support, you may be able to collect for it; depending on the circumstances (e.g. whether there was any prior warning or notice), you may also be able to recover punitive damages.
You should not delay--there are typically shorter time frames for suing government bodies, including schools, than private businesses or citizens. Consult with an attorney with experience in sexual harassment cases and/or litigating against schools; he or she can evaluate what you case may be worth and, if you want to proceed, get the ball rolling. But again: do not delay, and good luck.