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Missouri court says former KC superintendent isn't liable

Sunday, February 13, 2011 | 3:23 p.m. CST; updated 8:26 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 13, 2011

KANSAS CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that former Kansas City superintendent Bernard Taylor can't be sued over a stabbing of a high school student.

The court ruling last week reaffirmed a federal statute that says teachers and administrators who are faithfully performing their duties cannot be held liable for students hurting other students.

The Kansas City Star reported Sunday that a student used a box cutter in 2005 to injure the victim. The victim's attorney said the federal statute should be declared unconstitutional because it severely hampered a victim's ability to seek damages from responsible authorities.

Taylor's lawyer argued that the statute doesn't protect administrators or teachers who knowingly create a dangerous situation. And victims can still attempt to seek damages from the person who committed the crime.

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