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Wrongful death lawsuit after suicide of 5th grader says school failed to prevent bullying

Wrongful death charges are being brought against a school district by the parents of a 5th grader who committed suicide after enduring bullying at the school. The lawsuit claims that the school failed in its duty to care for students when teachers and administrators did not stop the bullying. The 12-year-old boy left signs of his unhappiness including a note discussing his plan and a picture he drew with a rope around his neck along with other signs clear to his classmates and teachers. The drawing, in fact, was found by another student and shown to a teacher. Cases like this are on the rise. A 13-year-old girl committed suicide recently after cruel messages were posted on her MySpace page. Whether the school is liable for the boy’s suicide will be found in the results of the lawsuit.

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