Parents Ask Court to Stop a Bully
FORT WORTH (CN) - Parents claim in court that their son became suicidal and suffers from vomiting and headaches because his elementary school failed to stop a bully from harassing him.
The Grant family sued the Arlington Texas School District / Short Elementary in a pro se complaint in Federal Court.
They claim a girl has been harassiing and bullying their son since school began this year at Short Elementary School, telling him he is "dumb," "stupid," "did not need to live," and should "kill himself."
The Grants say they notified school officials, who assured them "that the school was going to check into it," but the bullying continues.
After they met with the principal, the bully was moved to another class, but she continues to bully him on the playground, the family says.
The boy, who has a learning disability, told his father, "I just want to kill myself, because [the girl] will not leave me alone, and the school is not stopping her," according to the 3-page complaint.
The family says the boy said, "I want to kill myself" three times.
"We the parents have notified the school of our concerns and have requested a meeting with her parents," the Grants say. "The school has ignored our request to meet with the parents."
They claim the school is denying their son an equal education and discriminating against him based on disability. They say their son's doctor told them the boy is vomiting and suffering severe headaches because of the headaches.
They seek actual and punitive damages and injunctive relief for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.