Safety Law News for February 9, 2018


  • In Massachusetts, the United States District Court ruled that a school could be liable under Title IX for being deliberately indifferent to a student’s peer-to-peer sexual discrimination by using restorative justice mediation rather than direct intervention.  The court held that even if the mediation was “timely and reasonable,” it could still amount to deliberate indifference under the law.  [Harrington by Harrington v. City of Attleboro]


  • In California, the United States Court of Appeals, ruled that a school uniform policy requiring clothing with a logo consisting of the name of the school, the school mascot, and the motto “Tomorrow’s Leaders,” violated the First Amendment.  The court ruled that the policy exemption, which allowed only the uniform of nationally recognized youth organizations (Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) was an unreasonable restriction on the speech of students.  [Frudden v. Pilling].



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