Florida schools are spending millions of dollars defending against frequent and often frivolous lawsuits, writes the St. Pete Times. Students sue if they have to share valedictorian honors or if they fail a critical test. School bus mayhem ends up in court. At one school, a lesbian student sued because she wasn’t allowed to wear a shirt and tie, rather than a feminine drape, in her yearbook photo.
A 1999 study by the American Tort Reform Association found that 25 percent of school principals said they had faced a lawsuit or court settlement in the last two years.
Zero-tolerance policies were supposed to prevent lawsuits by limiting principals’ flexibility. Instead, parents sue to overturn over-the-top punishments. More lawsuits.