Kentucky court rules in school bullying case

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky family that sued to hold teachers and school administrators liable for a student’s suicide over alleged bullying has lost its appeal to the state Supreme Court.

The court ruled unanimously Thursday that Stephen Patton’s family failed to offer proof that the shy 13-year-old kid with a stutter was bullied at school.

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Patton’s family claimed that teachers and administrators knew, or should have known, of the bullying he suffered at Allen Central Middle School in Floyd County.

The eighth-grader shot himself to death in his bedroom in 2007.

The family had lost prior verdicts in a lower court and before the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

 

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