An attorney for a Seattle landlord who accused a high schoolnewspaper of libel and defamation has appealed the dismissal of his case,marking the next stage in a legal dispute with the city’s school district.
Publichigh schools are not liable for the content of student-run newspapers, aWashington state court judge ruled Friday, rejecting a Seattle landlord’s libellawsuit.
High school journalist Emily Shugerman wrote an article about slumlords for the March 2009 edition of The Roosevelt News. The article described the Sisley brothers, two landlords who owned a large amount of property near Roosevelt High School, as having “been accused of racist renting policies.” Hugh Sisley, one of the Sisley brothers, considered this statement defamatory and brought a claim to court against Roosevelt High School’s school district, Seattle School District No.1.
A Seattle couple has filed a libel lawsuitagainst the Seattle School District over a student newspaper story.