Missouri ruling more easily allows students to sue for sex discrimination

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 5:19 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — The Missouri School Boards' Association is expressing concern over an appeals court decision allowing a boy to sue the Kansas City district for sex discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act.

The boy filed suit over sexual assaults and harassment he says were inflicted by another boy in 2009 at a Kansas City elementary school. The school district said Wednesday it's reviewing the decision by a panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District.

Attorneys for the boy say the decision could encourage school districts to pay more attention to student-on-student harassment. But a lawyer for the Missouri School Boards' Association says the ruling could prompt more litigation against not only public schools but anyone working with children — from child-care providers to sports teams.

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