Daily Archives: July 17, 2013

Christina School District faces major legal battle

Court: Newark couple can sue school, district, counselor for grandson’s suicide Written by Beth Miller The News Journal

The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that a Newark couple has sufficient grounds to sue Christina School District, Newark High School and a school counselor for the 2009 suicide death of their 16-year-old grandson.

The ruling reversed a Superior Court decision that dismissed the complaint of Linda and Frederick Rogers, grandparents of Roger L. “Mac” Ellerbe Jr., who took his life at home hours after speaking with a counselor at the high school about his suicidal thoughts and other problems.

Going to be some big $$$$$$$$$$$$ in legal fees and possible settlement   

In the opinion, the Supreme Court justices agreed with the Superior Court ruling that neither the school nor the school district had any special legal relationship to the boy and could not be held liable for something he did at home. But the Supreme Court accepted the Rogers’ argument that the district, school and counselor were negligent because there were specific district rules on how to handle an adolescent in suicidal crisis. The protocol included mandates to stay with the student, assess the situation, contact parents, get help, document and file and follow up.

Here is the the superior court info and ruling

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE
IN AND FOR NEW CASTLE COUNTY C.A. No. N10C-07-060 JRJ

I am providing this information and blog post because of the seriousness of situation and more so a reminder to all parents, students, board members, teachers and all those coming in contact with our children while at school to always take talk of suicide serious. No child with such thoughts should be left alone and all must be communicated to parents or legal guardians ASAP. 

As you know some current and former Christina school board members often visits Kilroy’s and I am hear to tell you, they are not allow to discuss this case. So please don’t antagonize them for responses!  

I wonder Mr. Heffernan did DE DOE show the board this? #edude #netde @destateboarded @dedeptofed

http://elizabethscheinberg.blogspot.com/2013/07/new-moyer-sales-unexecuted-sales.html

And this

http://elizabethscheinberg.blogspot.com/2013/07/moyer-status-update-post-sheriffs-sale.html