A boy and his family are
suing a Texas school district and police department after activities that garnered national attention. The lawsuit is alleging
multiple claims ranging from civil rights violations to violation of Texas
tort law. The lawsuit is based, in part, on the fact that the young man
is of middle eastern descent.
The story that made headlines this year involved a boy and his science
project. It was reported that the young manbrought a clock invention to school for a science class, but the complicated clock roused concerns. According to reports, the
teacher of the class reported to authorities that the boy brought a suspicious
looking object that could have been a bomb.
Once a teacher in that school district made allegations about a bomb, authorities
at every level got involved. The local police department showed up, took
the boy out of class, and began asking questions about the clock. This
questioning by police involved taking the boy from school in handcuffs
in front of the school.
On the other sided of the coin, the boy garnered national attention from
the highest levels. The president of the United States invited the young
man to come to the White House for a dinner. Leaders of prominent technology
firms offered him a job. Not to be outdone, leading national universities
offered the young man enrollment places in their schools once he graduated
from high school.
As a culmination of all these events the boy is now suing the school and
police department for a total of $15 million. According to the complaint,
the boy and his family had to relocate from their home in Texas to one
internationally, and that the boy has suffered irreparable harm for the
notoriety that the story brought to his life.
Cases such as these are not unfamiliar in Florida. There is a well-known
cause of action in Florida tort law for intentional infliction of emotional
distress. To plead a successful case of intentional infliction of emotional
distress under Florida law a claimant would have to show that the accused action:
It is not clear in this case whether the acts by the school and police
officer will actually amount to a winning case, but the allegations have
been made nonetheless.
Traditionally, these types of cases have been difficult to prove and win.
Recently the trend has been that courts are recognizing the importance
of ensuring that people do not cause severe emotional damage through outrageous actions.
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