Order granted allowing school district more time to respond to lawsuit

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—A judge granted an order allowing Penn Harris Madison School Corporation more time to respond to a lawsuit that alleges it failed to keep a student safe, court records show.

Penn Harris Madison filed a motion on October 21 asking for the extension, the day before they were due to respond to the lawsuit that was filed on behalf of the family of a Discovery Middle School student.

The lawsuit, which was filed in September, is related to a March fight in a school bathroom that was recorded on video and shared on social media.

A judge granted a time extension on October 26, giving Penn Harris Madison until November 21 to respond to the complaint.

The family is alleging that Penn Harris Madison failed to keep their 14-year-old student safe while at school, according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the family is suing the district for negligence and invasion of privacy (false light). The family is seeking attorney’s fees, costs of the lawsuit and just and proper relief.

Penn Harris Madison School Corporation had not responded to a request for comment at the time of this writing.

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