In New Jersey, school districts defending a bullying case can seek contribution from the students accused of bullying and their parents. That means the parents can be responsible for some or all of the damages and attorney fees. V.B. a Minor by his Parent and Guardian v. Flemington-Raritan Regional Board of Ed, et al., Docket No. HNT-L-95-13 (NJ Superior Court, Hunterdon County, March 12, 2014). The case involved a long history of physical abuse and cyberbullying.
Parents should take note. New York courts may follow suit.