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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Under Pennsylvanian law, a private figure defamation plaintiff must prove that the defendant either willingly made a false statement of fact or was at least negligent in determining that their statement was true. Now, you shared that they accused you of not handling a situation properly, so it would need to be determined what was supposed to have been done and if you did and they were intentionally and negligently making this accusation. Moreover, since this was in a meeting, they do have a right to comment and speak about the incident. It is not as if they are going on the news or social media cites saying things which are harming you. In addition, you want to show damages. If this is a dispute between how you handled something and how they wanted you to do it, that is different then them coming out and making a false claim which damages you and your reputation and ability to work, when they knew it was false.
Why was this incident not handled through the school and who reported this? How come you were involved and not someone from the administration? Once you were informed of this, did you report it to the school?
Thank you for the additional information. Their complaint and concern that this was " not properly handled", would not amount to a basis for a defamation case. They can request a meeting and share their concerns with the school and staff but it would not likely rise to the level of a civil lawsuit that would allow you to recover.
In order to prevail in a defamation lawsuit you need to meet the requirements and show damages. While they are complaining and not happy with how this was handled (which is their opinion) it does not rise to the level of a lawsuit
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If it was sent privately and the victim was not directly contacted or harassed by the sender and they sent it to someone else, it may be hard to classify it as cyber bullying. If they went after the victim continuously, it would e a different situation. In the future, you want to address this and report it through the school and let the admin handle it. Report it and follow procedure and only get involved, as much as the school allows and asks, to avoid parent from coming after you. Please let me know if you have any follow up questions or need any clarification on something which I stated above. Also, remember to rate my service at the top of this page, before exiting the site, so I can receive credit for my help. I hope you found it to be Excellent! Only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. If you feel the need to click either of the two lower ratings to the left, please stop and reply to me. I want to make sure your experience with the site was as pleasurable as possible and that you are satisfied with the help I provided.