Court rules school officials cannot be held liable in student death

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The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that school officials cannot be held liable for the death of a student who left school without permission and was sexually assaulted and murdered a short time later.

The mother of DeAndra Florucci sued Spaulding High School in Barre and the Barre Supervisory Union. She charged that officials had not provided adequate supervision for her daughter. She was a 15-year-old sophomore when she died in October of 2000.

But the Washington Superior Court dismissed the suit and today, the state Supreme Court upheld that ruling. The high court said Spaulding officials could not have foreseen what would happen to Florucci after she left the school grounds.

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