TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s Supreme Court today is set to consider the issue of harassment in schools.
An appeals court in December ruled that schools have the same obligation to block such behavior as companies have to prevent a hostile work environment.
The case involves the Toms River Regional School District.
It was ordered to pay 50-thousand dollars to a former student who was slapped, punched and taunted by classmates who thought he was gay.
The harassment began when the boy was in the fourth grade and continued when he started high school in 2000.
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