School district on trial in harassment case

PORT HURON (AP) -- A trial is starting in a lawsuit against a Michigan school district accused of not doing enough to prevent the harassment of a student.

Hudson Area Schools, in Lenawee County near the Ohio border, is being sued by the parents of a young man identified in court documents as DP. The trial starts Tuesday in federal court in Port Huron.

The lawsuit says DP was the victim of bullying, starting in sixth grade in 2002. By his freshman year, his parents say it escalated to sexual assault.

The Hudson district punished and expelled students who committed the offenses. But DP's parents can try to show the district was "deliberately indifferent" to years of abuse.

A judge ruled in favor of Hudson in 2007, but an appeals court reversed that decision.

Published: Wed, Feb 17, 2010


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