Court: Woman can't sue high school over abuse by employee

AP News
Posted: Mar 12, 2016 12:49 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A woman who said she was raped several times by an assistant marching band director at her New Jersey high school has suffered a legal loss.

A state appellate court ruled this week that the woman cannot sue Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin through the state's child sex abuse law.

The woman was a juvenile when she says the attacks occurred. She had cited the state's child sex abuse law, in which the state Supreme Court ruled in a previous case that private boarding schools can be held liable if such acts occur "within the household" while a teacher or other adult was responsible for the child's welfare.

But the appellate court ruling said there's no indication the Legislature intended the provision to apply to public schools.