Judge: School district not responsible for Milton hazing death

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MILTON, Vt. (WCAX) A setback for the family of a former Milton football player who took his own life.

Jordan Preavy died in 2012, a year after he was sodomized by fellow players on the Milton High School Football team. Preavy's parents were suing the school district. Thursday, a judge dismissed the case, ruling the district could not be held responsible because it did not know about the abuse.

The lawyer for Preavy's family hoped the case would make it to a jury trial. He'll now have 30 days to consider an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Five former players tied to the attacks took plea deals from prosecutors.