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Student Suicide and the Law: The Courts Are Reluctant to hold School Districts and Their Employees Liable


by Richard Fossey & Perry A. Zirkel — January 11, 2010

School districts and their employees are occasionally sued after a student commits suicide, but courts are reluctant to hold them liable for these tragic events. Thus, an educator’s responsibility to prevent a student from committing suicide is primarily a professional and ethical obligation and not a legal duty.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 11, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15893, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 7:34:37 PM

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  • Richard Fossey
    University of North Texas
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    RICHARD FOSSEY is a Professor of Higher Education and Senior Policy Researcher at the Center for the Study of Education Reform at the University of North Texas.
  • Perry Zirkel
    Lehigh University
    PERRY A. ZIRKEL is a University Professor of Education and Law at Lehigh University.
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