Court mulls case that would make districts liable for ongoing harassment between students

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could set state precedent, holding school districts liable for ongoing student-on-student harassment.

The first hurdle that plaintiffs must clear is related to the statute of limitations in the state’s anti-discrimination law.

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act protects people from being discriminated against for things such as race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. But the statute of limitations to file a harassment complaint is six months.

In the case heard Tuesday, the plaintiff says he was bullied and then sexually assaulted by his elementary school classmates for being gender non-conforming, but he waited three years before filing a complaint.

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