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Posted On: December 2, 2008

Sexual Harassment Case to be heard by the United States Supreme Court

A dispute about the responsibilities of public schools to protect girls from sexual harassment will be heard by the United States Supreme Court.

The parents of a Massachusetts kindergarten girl are suing the local school district alleging it was negligent in preventing their daughter from being forced to exposed herself on the school bus by a third grade boy from the school.

School officials and police said they couldn't find enough evidence to file charges and the parents sued the school district under two laws, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, which bans discrimination at schools that receive federal funds, and under a U.S. civil rights law known as Section 1983, which broadly prohibits government discrimination.

The case will have far reaching implications regarding the behavior of children in school and the potential liability of schools and perhaps school bus companies.

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