School Negligent, But No Damages in Bullying Case

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    A jury found La Jolla Country Day School negligent but did not award damages to a former student who claimed classmates bullied her and the school retaliated against her when she complained.

    Desiree Bagby, 18, sued La Jolla Country Day in 2009, claiming she suffered serious emotional distress.

    Jjurors found that the Head of School, Christopher Schuck and high school principal, Roderick Jemison, were not out of line, but found that the school was negligent and breached its contract with Bagby. 

    “I am proud to report to you that throughout the long days of testimony, an unbroken chain of Country Day teachers and administrators took the stand and, under difficult circumstances, represented the school honestly and professionally,” said Head of School, Chris Schuck, in a written statement.

    Bagby also claimed victory.

    "I'm just happy that I got to share my side of the story," she said. "And I just hope that other kids that this is happening to will have the courage to speak up, as well."

    Her lawyer said the case was a victory because the jury found the school negligent, even though monetary damages were not awarded.