Q: if a student were to trip and break something do they have to pay for the replacement?
It was a hazardous wire in front of a TV, then said student accidentally broke the TV would the student then have to pay for a replacement?
It could depend on the school district. Many districts across the nation would let it go, treating it for what it was, an accident. Students should not be held accountable if their conduct was accidental. Further, there could be insurance to cover such losses. Your question remains open for four weeks, but maybe a Wisconsin attorney sympathetic to a student caught in a bind might be willing to offer a quick, free consult with their take on the matter. Good luck
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