Dianne and Seth Grossman, the parents of a 12-year-old girl who took her own life, are suing the school district in the US state of New Jersey, saying it failed to prevent bullying.
They say the school ignored repeated complaints that their daughter was being targeted. Mallory had faced months of cyber-bullying from her classmates. She was sent text and Snapchat messages calling her a "loser", making fun of her looks, and prompting her to end her life. The lawsuit accuses Copeland Middle School of failing to take significant action to prevent bullying. It alleges that the school's response was to force Mallory to hug one of her alleged bullies, in lieu of disciplinary action, and accuses the school district of discouraging her parents from making a formal complaint. This is the first cyber-bullying suicide case filed in New Jersey.
The Grossmans' attorney, Bruce Nagel, said complaints to the school had been "terribly ignored" and called smart phones "a lethal weapon in the hands of the wrong child". Grossman says the four kids who bullied her daughter still haven't been disciplined."Instead of removing Mallory from choir class,I wanted the girls that were tapping her chair every other day and calling her a [expletive] - I wanted those children removed from class. Not Mallory," Dianne Grossman, the mother of Mallory, declared.