A Michigan woman whose daughter allegedly was scratched, pinched, and kicked at school has begun a statewide petition drive to make school districts liable if they fail to prevent violence after becoming aware of potential problems.

Robin Zaas, of Wayne County's Northville Township, must collect more than 240,000 signatures in order for the proposal to be placed on a November 2002 ballot. Her petition was approved by the state Board of Canvassers in December.


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