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Recent Developments in Minnesota Regarding Personal Injuries

A Minnesota court ruled that a school district acted properly in dismissing rather than temporarily suspending an elementary school custodian for inappropriate behavior with children.

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Key point. The appropriate response to incidents of misconduct involving youth workers will depend on a number of factors, including the nature and severity of the conduct, how long ago it occurred, and the strength of the evidence.

1. A Minnesota court ruled that a school district acted properly in dismissing rather than temporarily suspending an elementary school custodian for inappropriate behavior with children. This case will be relevant to church leaders in deciding the appropriate punishment for volunteers or employees who engage in similar behavior. These questions are often very difficult for church leaders to resolve, and so any guidance from the civil courts is instructive. The custodian in this case was accused of multiple acts of misconduct involving elementary age children, including (1) allowing two children to explore the roof of the school, unattended, though the roof ...

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  • March 1, 1999

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