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‘Systematic bullying’

School never punished bullies of girl, 12, who committed suicide, distraught parents say

June 20, 2018

The parents of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who committed suicide after enduring months of “ongoing and systematic bullying” have filed a lawsuit against the school district for failing to protect her from her tormentors. Mallory Grossman, a sixth-grader at Copeland Middle School in Rockaway, New Jersey, reportedly killed herself after repeated bullying incidents — including one in which her tormentors allegedly goaded her into taking her own life by sending her messages asking when she was finally going to commit suicide.

Grossman’s parents, Dianne and Seth, have filed a wrongful death suit against the Rockaway Township Board of Education and its staff, alleging that they had spoken with the school about the bullying their daughter was being subjected to but that the school had failed to take any action to prevent it. The bullies, Diane told WABC, were never even punished for their behavior.

“We know that the poor behavior and poor decisions these kids make has not changed. They do not believe ultimately that they are responsible for it,” she said. “Our family is forever changed because they chose not to put systems in place, they chose not to protect her, so I want other school systems to learn from this and to start making immediate changes within their buildings.”

The Rockaway Board of Education has reportedly denied the allegations, referring to the Grossman’s accusations of inaction as “categorically false.”

Watch video of Grossman’s parents speaking about their daughter’s death in the report below.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.


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