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Football Squad Sex Assault-Related Suicide Not School’s Fault

Nov. 19, 2018, 8:15 PM

A Vermont school district isn’t liable for a high school football player’s suicide after teammates sexually assaulted him, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled.

The decision is the latest in a trend of cases over hazing, sex assault and other alleged abuses of students at high schools, private preparatory academies, and colleges.

They include claims against the University of Maryland over the heatstroke death of Jordan McNair, who died at a football practice in May, and multiple sexual assault suits against the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut over a former teacher’s alleged sexual assaults of students over two decades.

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