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Court: Parents of child who killed himself can sue educators

Dan Sewell, Associated Press via WKRC |

The parents of an 8-year-old student who killed himself after being persistently bullied can move forward with a lawsuit against Cincinnati Public Schools that alleges wrongful death and other charges, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday.

The three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals said Gabriel Taye’s parents had established “reckless behavior” that prevents school officials from receiving governmental immunity for their handling of the case.

The lawsuit’s allegations also charge school officials with intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and failure to report child abuse. The lawsuit says Taye was bullied at his elementary school starting in first grade, with the bullying escalating in his third grade year.

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