Ohio court will hear case over bullying, teacher liability

Posted at 9:16 AM, Nov 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-30 09:16:53-05

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.