Jury awards $100.000 each in sexual bullying case

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- Two mothers who claimed their sons were sexually bullied have won a lawsuit against the Wayne County schools.

The women said the boys were humiliated in a locker room at Waynesboro Middle School when they joined the boys basketball team in 2008. The youths were seventh-graders at the time and claimed they were hazed by boys who were in the eighth grade.

A U.S. District Court jury in Columbia deliberated for about an hour on Thursday and then awarded the families $100,000 each, according to The Tennessean.

School system attorney John Schwalb asserted in his closing argument that school officials listened to the complaints and punished the boys responsible. Defense lawyer Eddie Schmidt said the jury's decision should be a warning that schools must stop bullying.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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