CINCINNATI – The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who hanged himself from his bunk bed with a necktie want school officials held responsible, testing the issue of school liability in suicides blamed on bullying.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of
CINCINNATI (AP) — The parents of an 8-year-old Ohio boy who hanged himself from his bunk bed with a necktie want school officials held responsible, testing the issue of school liability in suicides blamed on bullying.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Gabriel Taye against Cincinnati Public Schools and school officials cites repeated examples of Gabriel and others being bullied at his elementary school. They contend school officials knew about the bullying but were “deliberately indifferent,” allowing a “treacherous school environment.”
Knowledge of harassment and failure to do something are among elements set out in a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling for school liability cases.
“The deliberate indifference standard set forth (by the Supreme Court) sets a high bar for plaintiffs,” a 2016 opinion by a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says. “It requires only that school administrators respond to known peer harassment in a
In 2016, suicide replaced homicide as the second-leading cause of teenage deaths according to the CDC. One of the reasons for this disturbing trend is cyber-bullying.
But with every statistic, there is a heartbreaking story.
Luken Boyle, 14, took his own life after being bullied on social media.
“One of the kindest people you would ever meet,” said Luken’s uncle Bill Boyle. “He was only 14-years-old, and he was by far the best person I knew.”
While Luken’s family is mourning his loss, they are working to ensure other parents do not have to suffer their pain.
Bill Geha, a counselor and founder of the anti-bullying Peace Project, created a course for parents called the Parent Project. The project aims to help parents to become proactive when it comes to their kids’ social media exposure.
The family of a New Jersey girl who killed herself in June is suing the school district for not preventing the cyber-bullying that led to the 12-year-old cheerleader’s death.
Dianne Grossman and her attorney said Tuesday that the Rockaway Township school district did nothing to protect her daughter, Mallory Grossman, from being bullied online for months by a group of girls, NBC New York reported.
“For months, there were texts, there was Snapchat, there was Instagram,” attorney Bruce Nagel said, according to the TV station. “For months, she was told she’s a loser, she has no friends. And finally, she was even told, ‘Why don’t you kill yourself?’ “
The lawyer described the messages as “vile and malicious.” Grossman said she repeatedly asked Copeland Middle School administrators to stop the bullying and even complained multiple times.
NEW JERSEY — Relentless cyberbullying caused a 12-year-old girl to commit suicide, according to her family, who plans to announce a lawsuit against the Rockaway Township School District Tuesday.
Mallory Grossman, 12, died in June 2017. (GoFundMe)
Mallory Grossman was a student at Copeland Middle School in New Jersey when she killed herself in June, according to information provided by the law firm of Nagel Rice and a GoFundMe account created for the girl’s family.
“This tragedy could have been prevented and this lawsuit should be a wake-up call to every school in every hamlet of our great country that cyber-bullying is going on every day and that the schools must immediately take step to stop this and protect every student in the school,” family attorney Bruce Nagel said in a statement.
Grossman was a cheerleader and gymnast, photos on the GoFundMe page
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A YOUNG cheerleader is thought to have taken her own life just hours after her mum urged the school to clamp down on social media bullies.
Mallory Grossman, of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, was found dead last Wednesday after the 12-year-old was allegedly tormented on Snapchat.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is now investigating the girl’s tragic death.
Friends and relatives of the young gymnast revealed that her mum, Dianne Grossman, complained to administrators at Copeland Middle School about the alleged cyber-bullying just hours before her daughter died.
NBC New York reported that Facebook posts suggested the girl had been bullied over Snapchat.
Canberra parents have been urged to be on the alert for warning signs that their teenagers have become involved with a dangerous social media suicide game linked to 130 teen deaths in Russia.
Known as ‘Blue Whale’, the game reportedly challenges teenagers to complete daily tasks for 50 days such as watching horror movies all day, self-harming and waking up at strange times so that they are sleep-deprived. On the 50th day, the teenagers are allegedly instructed to commit suicide.
There have been no public reports of the game being followed in Australia but there are fears of it spreading around the globe with police reportedly issuing warnings in places such as Europe and America.
Lifeline Canberra CEO Carrie-Ann Leeson told The RiotACT that the core message for parents is “to be alert but not alarmed”.
Brenda Akinyi Maone Waru (left), 27, who committed suicide on May 13, 2017 along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi. RIGHT: The coffin bearing the deceased’s remains during her funeral in Tanzania. PHOTO | COURTESY
By ELVIS ONDIEKI
A single leaf of paper was enough to carry her photo and a summarised story of her short life for the mourners who attended her burial on Thursday.
On the front of the page was her photo and some text. “Brenda Akinyi Maone Waru; Sunrise: October 24, 1987, Sunset: May 13, 2017.”
She was lowered to the grave in a milk-white casket. Down went a woman who scored straight As in her KCSE and