Court to hear case involving schools’ liability in suicides


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over whether schools bear any liability when students commit suicide due to classroom bullying.

The Courier-Journal ( reports justices on Wednesday will hear the case out of Floyd County.

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Sheila Patton sued on behalf of her son, Stephen Patton, who fatally shot himself in 2007 at the age of 13.

Patton says in the lawsuit that her son suffered daily bullying at Allen Central Middle School and four teachers, two school superintendents and the principal knew about it but did not intervene.

The defendants deny knowing that the boy was being bullied and said even if they did, they couldn’t have foreseen the boy’s suicide.

Lower courts have sided with the defendants, but the Supreme Court will decide whether to reinstate the lawsuit.


Information from: The Courier-Journal,


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