Appleton v. Board of Education – Case Brief Summary (Connecticut)

In Appleton v. Board of Education, 254 Conn. 205, 210-11, 757 A.2d 1059 (2000), the plaintiff teacher alleged that the defendants (1) subjected her to condescending comments in front of her colleagues, (2) subjected her to two psychiatric examinations, (3) told her daughter that the plaintiff was acting differently and should take a few days off from work, (4) had police escort the plaintiff out of the school, and (5) suspended her employment and ultimately forced her to resign. Id., 211.

The Court concluded that the "defendants' actions . . . were not so atrocious as to exceed all bounds usually tolerated by decent society, and their conduct was insufficient to form the basis of an action for intentional infliction of emotional distress." Id., 212.