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Old 02-02-2010, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Who is responsible - the kid or the school?

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I heard this on the radio this morning, but haven't been able to find an article on the webernet about it.

A 17 year old kid was at school and decided to leave (reason unknown, possibly to cut class) during the day. From what I remember hearing the radio he left school premises (without permission) in his own vehicle and was, tragically, killed in an auto accident on the highway that is near the school.

The parents are suing the school for not keeping him in class.

Who is responsible in this case? I heard my son call into the radio station this morning and say that the school was responsible (kinda suprised me to hear his voice!). However, I'm not so sure I agree.

On the one hand, the school is responsible for the kids while they are at school, but should the security guards/teachers have physically restrained him (if they saw him leave) to keep him in class?

No idea if this kid (RIP) was a habitual 'skipper' or not. Would that make a difference?

What are your thoughts?
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