Offbeat Court rules MIT can't be held liable for student's suicide

18:15  07 may  2018
18:15  07 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled a school district cannot be held financially liable for bullying that left a child paralyzed. The state' s highest court ruled Tuesday state law protects school districts from being held liable for injuries a bullied student sustains.

Thus far, a limited number of published court decisions have considered whether a college or university can be held liable for a student ' s death by suicide .5 In two such decisions, courts ruled in favor of the higher education institution

FILE - In this April 3, 2017 file photo, students walk past the © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 3, 2017 file photo, students walk past the "Great Dome" atop Building 10 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Mass. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, May 7, 2018, that MIT cannot be held responsible for the 2009 death of graduate student Han Nugyen who killed himself. His family's lawsuit said that the school knew he was a suicide risk and could have prevented his death. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON — Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology cannot be held responsible for the death of a graduate student who killed himself in 2009.

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is considering whether MIT can be held liable for a student ' s suicide . Martin Healy, chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association, watched the oral arguments online Tuesday

No state supreme court has ever found that colleges and universities have a legal duty to prevent student suicides , MIT ' s attorneys say. A Massachusetts trial court judge ruled in 2005 that an MIT housemaster and dean could be held responsible for the death of a woman who lit herself on fire in

The Supreme Judicial Court sided with MIT on Monday in the closely-watched case that examined whether colleges and universities have a duty to protect students from harming themselves.

The family of 25-year-old Han Nguyen said in their lawsuit that the school knew Nguyen was a suicide risk and could have prevented his death.

But the high court said in its ruling that a school can only be held responsible when it either knows that a student has attempted suicide while enrolled or shortly before entering school or that the student had said he or she plans to kill themselves.

More Kids Are Attempting and Thinking About Suicide, According to a New Study .
The number of kids hospitalized for thinking about or attempting suicide doubled in less than a decade, according to a study published Wednesday in Pediatrics. In 2008, 0.66% of all U.S. children’s hospital visits were due to either suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts, also known as suicide ideation. By 2015, according to the study, that number had jumped to 1.82%, with rates rising across age groups and demographics.The largest increases were seen among adolescents between two age groups — 15 and 17, and 12 and 14 — according to the study. Increases were also higher among girls than boys, the study says.

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