Playground Predators?

The high court considers whether schools should be liable when students sexually harass their peers

Aurelia and Leroy Davis say their daughter LaShonda entered fifth grade in Forsyth, Ga., an excited, engaged kid. But by December she was telling her parents that a boy in her class was sexually taunting her with touches and comments. The Davises complained, but for the next five months found their concerns brushed aside. LaShonda was forced to sit next to the boy for months despite his lewd comments and his attempts to grab her genitals. The principal responded with a lackluster promise to "threaten him a little harder." LaShonda became withdrawn and depressed, and one night her father found a...

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