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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities

A federal court in the District of Columbia ruled that a school could be responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for an assault committed by five of its students on another student.

Personal injuries on church property or during church activities

Key point 10-11. A church may be legally responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for injuries resulting from a failure to exercise adequate supervision of its programs and activities.

Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A federal court in the District of Columbia ruled that a school could be responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for an assault committed by five of its students on another student during a field trip to a public park. A minor ("Eric") visited a park while on a field trip with his school. During the trip, Eric was assaulted, kicked, and beaten by five other students who were on a field trip to the same park from a different school. Eric's parents sued the attackers' school, claiming that its "negligent supervision" of the five students caused their son's injuries. The school ...

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  • January 1, 2002