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Holding personnel liable for their actions. Schools may be held liable for the behavior of their personnel and students. (Photo: Shutterstock)

How much discipline may a school use with students to protect them from harm?

In Davis Next Friend LaShonda D. v. Monroe County Bd. of Educ., 526 U.S. 629, 119 S. Ct. 1661 (1999), the U.S. Supreme Court expanded a school board’s liability for sexual harassment of one student by another. This followed on the heels of publicity over discipline of a first-grade boy who kissed a girl classmate because he liked her.

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