Thomas A. Dugan


The recent notoriety in the Cleveland area attendant upon several reports of alleged batteries committed by teachers has served to focus the attention of both the educator and the citizen on this aspect of liability. This attention may well result in some necessary judicial and legislative clarification in this area, but it may tend to obscure other equally important facets of the teacher's tort liability. It is with this thought in mind that this article is written. The article itself is intended as much for teachers as it is for attorneys. Where possible, it attempts to transcend the attorney's usual interest in event which have already occurred and seeks to present rules for guidance.