Wednesday, June 17, 2009

School faces claim over suicide

This story is from the L.A. Times and is a couple weeks old, but it's so important that I have to cover it here - even though it's received no coverage outside southern California.

The Capistrano Unified School District is facing a $3,000,000 claim because it allowed a high school sophomore to be harassed repeatedly since 6th grade - which resulted in his eventual suicide.

If the parents win their claim, the $3,000,000 will go to a children's shelter. They have what seems to be an open-and-shut case, but I can't guarantee they'll win. Even though our schools fail at everything else, they're good at one thing: getting out of a legal bind.

If you ever need a good attorney, you might want to hire one who also represents a school system. If you want to find an even better attorney, hire one who represents a shitty school system. The worse a school system is, the more the school seems to emerge victorious in court actions.

School officials in this story should be tried on murder charges.


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