In a recent court case, the parents of a sixth grader claimed that their daughter was injured as a result of allegedly negligent teachers and administrators at their daughter’s middle school. The plaintiffs in the case filed a Maryland negligence suit following several incidents in which their daughter suffered injuries at the hands of her classmates. In a July 1, 2021 opinion, the Court of Special Appeals considered whether the individual defendants were immune from suit under a federal statute.
The plaintiffs’ daughter in the case was involved in multiple physical and verbal altercations with other students at her school throughout her sixth grade year. On two separate occasions, she suffered a concussion from attacks by her classmates. She was also involved in a fistfight that resulted in the suspension of one student and notification of law enforcement.
The plaintiffs filed suit against teachers who were supervising the students when their daughter was injured, as well as the Board of Education. The trial court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment. The plaintiffs appealed that decision to the higher court.