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Durham School Services Strikes Back Against Chattanooga Bus Crash Lawsuit

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It has been a few months since the deadly Chattanooga bus crash that killed six children and injured 31 others. A recent development in the lawsuit against Durham School Services has the company asking the courts to throw out a civil lawsuit brought on behalf of the victims and their families.


On November 21, 2016, Johnthony Walker deviated from his normal school bus route and crashed his bus while speeding. He was charged with vehicular homicide and has a history of reckless driving. Students and school administrator had raised concerns about Walker’s behavior while driving in the weeks leading up to the devastating crash.

The lawsuit against Durham School Services accused the company of negligent hiring and supervision, claiming that the accident would not have happened if the company had done their due diligence in investigating Walker’s background before offering him a job. It also states that the 14th Amendment rights of the students were violated, as they have a right to safety and freedom from physical harm.

In Durham’s response to the lawsuit, the company claims that the lawsuit comes with no evidence that the company breached its duty of care to students.  Because the lawsuit fails to state a claim against the company for breach of duty and violation of the 14th Amendment, the company believes the lawsuit is invalid and must be thrown out.

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