Court Rules School Cannot be Held Liable for Bullied Student

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LYNN, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled a school district cannot be held financially liable for bullying that left a child paralyzed.

The state’s highest court ruled Tuesday state law protects school districts from being held liable for injuries a bullied student sustains.

The ruling came in the case of Matthew Mumbauer, a fourth-grade student at Brickett Elementary School in Lynn. Court documents show Matthew was repeatedly targeted by student in his class, and the student pushed Matthew down a stairwell in 2008 causing permanent paralysis.

Matthew’s family sued the city, school district and administrators, saying they were negligent in failing to act.

Justice Kimberly Budd wrote in the decision while elementary school workers should have done more to protect Matthew, they are exempt from liability by law.

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