BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) – The New Hampshire Supreme Court says a local school district can’t be blamed for the death of a middle school student who hanged himself after problems at school.

The court upheld a previous Superior Court ruling that dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Raymond, N.H., district, finding the district, a special education teacher and guidance counselor were not legally responsible for seventh-grader Joshua Markiewicz’s death in January 2005.

The 13-year-old at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School used a belt to hang himself at home after he was suspended from school.

His mother, Heidi Mikell of Deerfield, accused the district and its employees of branding her son as a troublemaker and driving him to kill himself.


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