November 13 — 6:34 pm, 2018

Court mulls case that would make districts liable for ongoing harassment between students

Robert Brod

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The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could set state precedent, holding school districts liable for ongoing student-on-student harassment.

The first hurdle that plaintiffs must clear is related to the statute of limitations in the state’s anti-discrimination law.

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act protects people from being discriminated against for things such as race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. But the statute of limitations to file a harassment complaint is six months.

In the case heard Tuesday, the plaintiff says he was bullied and then sexually assaulted by his elementary school classmates for being gender non-conforming, but he waited three years before filing a complaint.

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