The insurance company for Stonington, Conn. has filed a legal complaint claiming that if school officials lose a bullying lawsuit, then parents of the alleged bullies should pay as well.
A lawsuit filed by a Pawcatuck Middle School student claims that during a trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2004, the boy was struck and pushed several times by different students while in his hotel room and was sprayed in the face with deodorant and processed cheese.
The lawsuit also claims that one student urinated on the boy and his personal belongings.
Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, the town’s liability insurer, has filed the complaint in New London Superior Court claiming that the parents of the four boys were responsible for their sons’ alleged actions in a hotel room they shared on the trip.
The complaint was filed on behalf of Board of Education Chairman James Murphy, Pawcatuck Middle School Principal Jane Giulini and teachers Virginia Bitting, Michael Freeman and Bruce Yarnell, as well as the town and school board.
Murphy said the insurance company had not discussed its decision to seek damages from the parents with the school board. He said the tactic is probably standard practice for an insurance company that may have to try to recoup money it pays out.
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