West Virginia Supreme Court ruling paves way for alleged Logan County school bullying case to go before jury (copy) | WV News

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) – A 3-2 decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court will allow a Logan County jury to decide whether the school board was negligent in responding to alleged repeated bullying of a student.

The school board had hoped to drop the lawsuit on the front end — before the case was developed through testimony and then brought before a jury. The board pinned its hopes on its increased liability as a political subdivision. It also believed that plaintiffs Dakota Jones and his mother, Matilda Workman, had found no pattern of negligence among school board employees. And even for the sake of arguments, the board’s attorneys contended that the plaintiffs could not show that negligence in alleged prior bullying incidents was the proximate cause of subsequent alleged incidents.

Justice Beth Walker


Chief Justice John Hutchison


Judge William Wooton


Tim Armstead


Judge Haley Bunn