Ohio court will hear case over bullying, teacher liability

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case over whether educators were reckless in not preventing an injury to a student even though they’d been notified she was being bullied by a fellow kindergartner.

The Blade in Toledo reports the court will consider whether teachers and principals can be sued when a student is bullied under their supervision.

In this case, one girl reportedly punctured another girl’s cheek with a pencil at a Toledo school. A Lucas County court concluded a teacher and two principals were protected from a resulting lawsuit by statutory immunity.

A state appeals court panel resurrected the lawsuit’s recklessness claim.

The employees’ lawyers argue educators who respond appropriately to student teasing could face costly litigation unless the decision is overturned.


Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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