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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 2

A New York court ruled that a school was not liable for an injury to a child who was walking home from school.

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 New York court ruled that a school was not liable for an injury to a child who was walking home from school. About 15 minutes after he was dismissed from school, a minor was waiting for a public bus at a nearby bus stop when some other students started to throw eggs at him. In response, the minor ran from the sidewalk out into the street, where he was struck by a vehicle. The minor's parents sued the school, claiming that its negligence in failing to supervise their child caused the injury. A state appeals court disagreed, "Generally, a school's duty to adequately supervise a student ends when it relinquishes physical custody and control of the student. ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • May 1, 2003