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Anti-bullying law increases liability for educators and schools

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently signed into law a new anti-bullying statute intended to reduce the likelihood of the bullying of students at all levels of school.  This comes in the wake of student suicides in Massachusetts schools arising out of cyber and other forms of bullying.

A good description of the law is outlined in a white paper from the law firm of Eckert Seamans that outlines the key components of the legislation.

Increased regulation for schools and educators will, however, serve to increase legal liability for educators should they fail to adhere to the letter or spirit of the law.  A close review of General Liability and other insurance policies would be in order for educational institutions.

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