Appeals court upholds discipline of boy who stared at girl

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by a family upset over discipline their son received for staring at a girl in a seventh-grade classroom at a private school.

The court’s decision earlier this month determined a handbook governing disciplinary procedures at St. Gabriel Consolidated School was not a contract.

The 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals also found that even if it was a contract, the principal didn’t violate procedures by handing down a one-day suspension.

The case reached the courts after the boy’s parents unsuccessfully appealed the suspension to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and then decided to sue last year.

The ruling says the girl complained after the boy and another student backed her into a corner while staring at her when no teachers were present.