For our "everybody's suing everbody over everything" files:
A Kanawha Circuit judge on Tuesday threw out the lawsuit of a Sissonville High School student who wanted her grade changed on a leaf project she turned in late.
Judge Duke Bloom granted a defense motion to dismiss the student's suit, writing that unless a teacher made a mathematical error in calculating a student's grade, state law forbids anyone else from stepping in to change it.
“It is not, in this Court's view, a proper role for a court to assess whether a particular penalty imposed for turning in schoolwork late is too harsh,” Bloom wrote.
A leaf collection was something we had to do in our eighth-grade science class. I didn't have to sue, though, because I got an A -- I think I 've mentioned that I was conceived in December. One thing I learned was that Foster Park had an amazing variety of trees (at least to an eighth-grader), including the lovely ginko, which I still think has the most interesting leaves of all.