Family of New Jersey girl aged 12 who committed suicide will sue the school for not preventing abuse

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“Mallory’s parents repeatedly asked the principal and others at the Copeland Middle School to stop this bullying and they took no steps to do so,” their attorney, Bruce Nagel, said in a statement. “Administrators ignored months of pleas” from the family, he also said.  Mallory. who was one of four children of the family, was a 6th grader at Rockaway Township Middle School in Rockaway, New Jersey. She was allegedly being bullied on Snapchat and Instagram and by text messaging on her cellphone by some other students from the school. She received messages that called her “a loser,” and even asked “why don’t you kill yourself.”

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Mallory and her mother

According family, the bullying started in October 2016 and involved “dirty looks, harassment, name calling, exclusion.” “She had chronic headaches, stomach aches,” Grossmans say. Family believes the school should have done more to stop it but did almost nothing. After repeatedly asking help from the school officials, her mother had spoken to one of the parents about the bullying but faced “resistance.” It was the night before Mallory committed suicide. Mallory’s mother, Dianne Grossman, is a local textile entrepreneur. Family has identified some students as Mallory’s bullies, and prepares taking action against their parents. Grossman said the school hasn’t filed a single Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB) report about Mallory’s tormentors as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

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