Court Denies Appeal in Arkansas Bullying Lawsuit

August 11, 2011

A federal appeals court panel has denied the appeal of a former Fayetteville Public Schools student whose lawsuit accused the district of doing nothing about students that he said bullied and sexually harassed him.

A three judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the appeal of Billy Wolfe in a ruling filed Tuesday.

A Washington County District Court jury rejected Wolfe’s claim against the district in May 2010. Wolfe’s appeal said the judge gave an improper jury instruction and was wrong to empanel a 12-person jury rather than a 6-person jury.

The appeals court judges rejected both arguments.

Wolfe’s attorney – Westbrook Doss – told the Northwest Arkansas Times that he’s not sure if he will continue pursuing the case.

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