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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for New Hampshire on

Q: A student at a public high school performed a lewd sexual act in class. Principal verified claim but nothing done.

The staff did not inform the principal. He had heard nothing about it until I contacted him. After speaking with students and staff he verified the claims and told me the child would be removed from the class. That did not happen. When I followed up he told me he never said that and that the child... Read more »

Joseph Kelly Levasseur answered on Feb 13, 2018

I would contact the members of your school board or any other elected officials in your town or city.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Education Law for New Hampshire on

Q: What is the statute of limitations for filing a negligence suit against a NH educational system?

Failure to supervise an employee whose actions created an uncomfortable environment (include abuse of power and discrimination).

Joseph Kelly Levasseur answered on Jan 23, 2018

It may depend on the facts of the case and the remedies allowed by contract or statute and whether or not it could be a Human Rights Commission type claim. If this is a straight forward negligence claim then it would be three years but and this is a BIG but, the person bringing suit has to exhaust... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Personal Injury, Internet Law and Libel & Slander for New Hampshire on

Q: Can I sue school for wrongly implying that I bullied someone?

I was given a suspension based on a comment I made referencing someone, but I never even said their name. This was not the first time I said something about her and I was given a warning the first time. However, I feel as if this time, the comment I made isn't considered bullying and that they are... Read more »

Joseph Kelly Levasseur answered on Dec 8, 2017

I don't see enough facts in this scenario to justify a lawsuit unless there is more, a good place to get someone in the school ranks to help you with any problems you may have may start with filing a complaint to your superintendent or to the person representing your district on the school board.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Landlord - Tenant and Personal Injury for New Hampshire on

Q: Can I sue college for inhabitable dorm conditions?

My daughter is living in a college dorm and there is an intercom system in the building. Each room has a ceiling speaker that is very very loud. The speaker comes on every night and a scary clicking sound like a horror movie comes on. You also hear people talking in the background and sometimes... Read more »

Israel Piedra answered on Mar 10, 2016

Yes, you most likely could. All lessees of real estate, including students in dorms, have a right to the quiet enjoyment of their residences.

Now, as a practical matter lawsuits are very expensive. It could easily cost $2,000 just to file such a lawsuit. If it went all the way to trial,...
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