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Hunter v. Board of Education of Montgomery County

292 Md. 481, 439 A.2d 582 (1982)

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Hunter v. Board of Education of Montgomery County

Maryland Court of Appeals

292 Md. 481, 439 A.2d 582 (1982)

Facts

The Hunter family (plaintiffs) filed suit against the Montgomery County School Board (school board), the principal of Hungerford Elementary School (school), a board member who performed diagnostic testing on their son in second grade, and their son’s sixth-grade teacher at the school (defendants) for educational malpractice. The Hunters asserted that the school system negligently evaluated their son’s learning abilities, causing their son to repeat first-grade materials while in second grade. The family further alleged that the misplacement continued through grade school and led to emotional damage for their son. Lastly, the Hunters claimed that several individual educators acted intentionally and maliciously to furnish false information about their son’s learning disability, to alter school records, and to demean the child directly. The Circuit Court for Montgomery County ruled in favor of the school board, and the Hunters appealed to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which ruled the same way. Both courts concluded that a professional-negligence claim against educators could not be maintained. The Hunters appealed to the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Digges, J.)

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