Adams Stepner attorneys receive favorable school law decision in Campbell Circuit Court
Mary Ann Stewart and Claire Parsons recently were successful in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of the Bellevue Independent Public School District and one of its elementary teachers on a Plaintiff’s claims of negligent supervision. In Waddell v. Bellevue Independent Public Schools, et. al. the Plaintiff, a parent of an elementary student, alleged that her son had been the victim of bullying by other classmates. Plaintiff did not bring legal action against the student offenders or their parents, but only sought damages against the School District and its personnel, arguing that they were negligent in preventing the alleged incidents of bullying. The Campbell Circuit Court conducted an exhaustive, in depth review of the record, and concluded that Plaintiff’s claims were either not supported by the record, or were barred by principles of immunity. At the outset of the case, Ms. Stewart and Ms. Parsons had already secured the dismissals of other named defendants, including the school’s principal, assistant principal, and a school secretary.