Lansing teachers lose appeal in assault case

The Court of Appeals ruled against three Lansing teachers who wanted a group of Lansing students expelled because of the students’ alleged assault on them. The case had been remanded to the Court of Appeals after the Supreme Court declared that the teacher s did have standing.

In his opinion, Judge Henry Saad determined that a declaratory judgment would be improper since such rulings are designed to prevent imminent injury. Since the Lansing Board of Education had determined no physical assault occurred, Saad believed any ruling would undermine the board’s statutory role and infringe on the due process rights of students.

MEA attorneys are reviewing the decision and determining what the next steps are in this case.