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.