ERIC Number: ED334702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-15
The School District's Liability in Cases of Violent Attacks on Students and Employees.
Maze, Jerry G.
The school's responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for students is examined in this paper. Failure to take preventative measures may result in loss of government tort immunity and charges of negligence liability. A review of case law indicates a trend toward successful litigation by plaintiffs against school districts--a decline in sovereign immunity. A recommendation is that school districts have a professional and legal obligation to protect students and staff from foreseeable risk. Each district should determine its needs and provide protection in accordance with budget considerations and community perceptions. Some actions include student and faculty ID cards, conflict management training, improved control of access to facilities, policy procedures, victim support, and violent student management. (13 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A