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Court: School not liable for bullied student

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled a school district cannot be held financially liable for bullying that left a child paralyzed.

The decision came in the case of Matthew Mumbauer, a fourth-grade student at Lynn’s Brickett Elementary School. His parents alleged Matthew was targeted by another student who pushed him down the stairs in 2008 causing paralysis.

The complaint also alleged the school staff was aware their son had been a bullying victim and failed to act.

Justice Kimberly Budd wrote in the decision while elementary school workers should have done more to protect Matthew, they are exempt from liability by law.

Material from Associated Press was used in this report.

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