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Christensen v. Royal School District No. 160

Washington Supreme Court
124 P.3d 283 (2005)


Facts

A teacher employed by the District (defendant) engaged in a sexual relationship with Christensen (plaintiff), a thirteen-year-old female student. Christensen brought a negligence claim against the District for negligently hiring and supervising the teacher. The District claimed that Christensen had voluntarily participated in the sexual misconduct and that therefore she should be considered contributorily negligent. The trial court requested an answer to the certified question of whether a minor child can be held contributorily negligent for engaging in sexual misconduct with a school teacher.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Alexander, C.J.)

Dissent (Sanders, J.)

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