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Parents test school liability in bullying, child suicide

CINCINNATI — The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who hanged himself from his bunk bed with a necktie want school officials held responsible, testing the issue of school liability in suicides blamed on bullying. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Gabriel Taye against Cincinnati Public Schools and school officials cites repeated examples of Gabriel and others being bullied at his elementary school. “The deliberate indifference standard set forth (by the Supreme Court) sets a high bar for plaintiffs,” a 2016 opinion by a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says. Legal experts say such lawsuits seem to be coming more common amid increasing public awareness campaigns on youth bullying. Federal authorities say they are still learning about the links between school bullying and suicide, saying bullying increases the risk of suicidal behavior but that the majority of bullying cases don’t result in suicide, suicide attempts or thoughts of suicide. The Supreme Court has urged courts against second-guessing school administrators’ disciplinary decisions, to allow them flexibility they need to deal with children who are still learning how to interact appropriately.

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