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Bullying-suicide case gets first court review
Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on Mentor School District suit

Eric Mohat was a 17-year-old at Mentor High School in 2007. He took his own life that March after being bullied by fellow students.
Courtesy of William Mohat
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A bullying lawsuit filed against the Mentor School District may be derailed without ever getting to the question of whether the schools did enough to keep a student from killing himself.

The Ohio Supreme Court heard argument today (Wednesday) on whether a wrongful death suit against the school system can proceed.
William and Janis Mohat sued the Mentor school board and administrators in March of 2009. That was three days before the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death suit would have expired.
But the school district says the Mohat family never established an estate before suing, so it had no status to sue.
The Mohat’s lawyer, Kenneth Myers, admitted to the court, he made technical errors.
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Eric Mohat committed suicide in 2007 after being bullied and harassed at school. His is one of two bullying cases filed against Mentor schools.

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