Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Superintendent wins, plaintiffs awarded $1 against teacher in alleged student harassment case

The Coalfield Progress reports here ("Jury ruling favors former school superintendent," 9/22/04) that in a case where some school students claim a teacher sexually harassed them in violation of their constitutional rights, the federal court jury in Big Stone Gap determined the school superintendent was not liable and that the teacher was liable only for nominal damages of $1 to each of the three plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs can seek attorneys' fees under 42 U.S.C. 1988, but I'm not sure how much would be justified by an award of $1.

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