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GOVERNMENTAL IMMUNITY FREES DISTRICT, STATE FROM STUDENT’S SUIT

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A suit saying a Kearns High student was attacked by his teacher has been dismissed on the ground of governmental immunity.

Although neither Granite School District nor the state are liable for teacher Monty Scothern's alleged action, Scothern himself might still be open to a suit, 3rd District Judge Anne Stirba said Monday.The suit said that 16-year-old Jeremie Williams was in his class in a "quiet, mannerly and obedient fashion," when Scothern used excessive force and restraint, causing injury to Williams' torso.

Scothern says he was protecting himself from the youth he said punctured his buttock with a paper clip.

Under the Utah Governmental Immunity Act, police departments, schools, prisons, mental-health clinics and other governmental entities enjoy immunity.