School must protect students, rules California Supreme Court

Decision comes as violence has become a more regular occurrence on campuses

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the University of California can be held liable for failing to protect a student from an attack by a classmate.

The Wall Street Journal reports the decision represents a potential signal courts expect schools to be more proactive to protect their students.

The court ruled a former University of California, Los Angeles, student, who was stabbed by a schizophrenic classmate in 2009, should be able to sue the school for failing to protect her. The decision overturns a ruling by a lower court in 2015 that UCLA had no duty to protect the student.

Since 1998, there have been more than a dozen shootings at kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools that resulted in multiple deaths.

 

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