School district: Board not liable for teen killing herself
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A southwestern Ohio school district wants its board and administrators to be dismissed from a lawsuit filed by parents who say their 13-year-old daughter killed herself after being bullied.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the Fairfield City School District argues its board and administrators couldn’t have known Emilie Olsen would kill herself. The district argues the board is a political subdivision that can’t be held liable on the wrongful death claim under legal doctrine.
The district also wants a judge to disregard testimony from 10 witnesses who brought forward allegations about bullying after Olsen’s death.
Her parents allege that Olsen was bullied because she was Asian-American and that school officials knew about the bullying but failed to stop it. They’re also suing school employees and students they accuse of bullying.
Information from: MIDDLETOWN: Hamilton-Middletown Journal News , http://www.journal-news.com