• Sjc Holds Public School Districts Are Not Liable In Tort for Negligence Relating To Bullying
  • April 10, 2018
  • On February 27, 2018, the SJC held in Cormier, et al. v. City of Lynn, et al., SJC-12323 (2018), that defendants the City of Lynn, the Lynn Public Schools, and several public employees were not liable under the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act, G. L. c. 258, for claims arising from one public elementary school student being pushed down the stairs by another, resulting in his permanent paralysis. The student’s parents argued that the school district was negligent because staff had been informed about the bullying on multiple occasions but did nothing to stop it, eventually resulting in their son’s injuries. They also claimed that the school district had failed to implement its own anti-bullying policies.