CLEVELAND — An estate case involving a bullied teen who killed himself is being sent back to federal court by the Ohio Supreme Court.
The court decided it didn’t have jurisdiction over the case of 17-year-old Eric Mohat. At issue in the oral arguments heard Feb. 16 was whether claims made by Mohat’s estate could proceed in federal court.
The teen’s parents filed a lawsuit in 2009 claiming their son shot himself in 2007 after months of bullying in school. The Mohats claim teachers and other employees in the Cleveland suburb of Mentor did nothing to stop the bullying.
School attorneys argue the parents had no right to sue on behalf of their son’s estate because the estate didn’t exist in probate court at the time of the suit.