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Norwegian municipality sentenced to pay bullying victim 1.3 million kroner

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Bjerkreim Municipality has been sentenced to pay a woman NOK 1.3 million because the authorities and the primary school did not sufficiently intervene when she was bullied as a child.

The municipality in Rogaland has also been sentenced to cover the woman’s legal costs of around NOK 900,000, the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad writes.

“It feels unreal. I feel relief and pride, and I am glad that I have been seen and heard by the court,” the woman told the newspaper.

The bullying case has been going on for several years, and the municipality previously went all the way to the Supreme Court to have the case rejected as obsolete – without success.

During the trial in Sør-Rogaland District Court two months ago, the municipality denied that the school or the municipality had done anything that could make them liable for damages. 

“She was exposed to negative and derogatory comments, almost on a daily basis, over extended periods of time,” the court writes.

The court concludes that the bullying could most likely have been avoided if the school had implemented the necessary measures and that the municipality is liable for compensation.

The compensation amount of just under NOK 1.3 million has been determined on the basis that the woman, among other things, has post-traumatic stress disorder and has been given a medical degree of disability of 30%. The municipality has not yet decided whether it will appeal the verdict.

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