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LOUISE CORALES; JAMIE SOLTERO;  
THE ESTATE OF ANTHONY J. SOLTERO; ...GUILLERMO PRIETO,
Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

GENE BENNETT; THE ONTARIOMONTCLAIR SCHOOL DISTRICT;
KATHLEEN KINLEY,
Defendants-Appellees.

Filed June 1, 2009


On March 28, 2006, Anthony Soltero, Annette Prieto, and
two other students walked out of De Anza Middle School
with the intent to participate in protests in their neighborhood
against then-pending immigration reform measures.


Two days later, they were disciplined for their one-day absence from
school by Vice Principal Gene Bennett (Bennett), who took
away one of their year-end activities and lectured them
harshly regarding the possible legal consequences of truancy,
including police involvement, a $250 fine, and a juvenile hall
sentence.

Tragically, Anthony committed suicide after school that day.

Anthony’s parents and one of the other students
brought this action against Bennett, Principal Kathleen Kinley
(Kinley), and the Ontario-Montclair School District, alleging
violations of the students’ and parents’ civil rights under 42
U.S.C. § 1983; violations of California’s Unruh Act; intentional
infliction of emotional distress, and negligently causing
Anthony’s suicide.

The district court granted summary judgment
to Defendants. Because Bennett did not violate the students’
constitutional rights, there is no evidence that Bennett
intended to harm the students, and because Anthony’s death
was not proximately caused by Bennett’s actions, we affirm...
Link to full decision
School wins lawsuit regarding boy's suicide
Corales v. Bennett US 9th Cir.