Suit on bullying of Tourette's syndrome boy fails

HARRISBURG, Ore. (AP) — A federal jury has rejected the claim of a mother who said the Harrisburg School District failed to protect her son from bullying and harassment.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported Friday (http://bit.ly/YUYaS3 ) the suit said the boy's manifestations of Tourette's syndrome made him a target of anti-gay taunts, pushing, shoving and slapping. She withdrew the child from school in 2010.

The school district argued that it has policies, training and programs to prohibit bullying, and the school could not have anticipated all the different students who engaged in the behavior.

In testimony, the mother acknowledged that the Harrisburg Middle School principal and the teacher of the physical education classes where many of the incidents occurred were willing to work with her to try to prevent bullying and harassment.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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