Portland-Area School District Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Failure to Protect Student

PORTLAND, Ore.- A school district in the Portland area is being sued because it said it did not do enough to protect a middle school student bullied and hurt by classmates.

The family wants things to change because, they say, their teen went to the hospital more than once because of bullying at Centennial Middle School when he was in the seventh grade.

β€œThe first assault, she broke her wrist and landed in the hospital for that, and the last assault, she had a post-concussive disorder and now has chronic PTSD,” said the student’s aunt Emily James.

James has a video of another student hitting her niece in the head while she was on the ground outside the school. The video was taken by a classmate. The family has asked that the video not be shown to anyone else.

Portland-Area School District Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Failure to Protect Student

Now, her family is suing the Centennial School District, saying that the school had a duty to keep her safe and that “the CMS principal failed to take any further corrective action, offered no safety plan, and did not offer a protective order against the two attackers.”

Since then, the teen’s family says he or she has been cyberbullied, and the bullying videos have been shared on social media.

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The family said that the student missed a school year because he or she feared more attacks. She now goes to school at home.

β€œIt’s relentless,” James said. β€œIt’s physical, it’s Instagram, it’s TikTok, it’s Snapchat.”

The girl’s family says that cyberbullying has also hurt her mental health.

β€œShe didn’t do anything wrong and she doesn’t deserve to feel like she doesn’t matter because she does matter,” James said.

When KOIN 6 tried to get the Centennial School District to discuss the lawsuit, they said they couldn’t because it involved a child. But they said they are still “focused on the academic and social well-being of all students” and “committed to making sure they have a safe and secure learning environment.”

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Her family says they hope this lawsuit will help other families dealing with bullying.

β€œI don’t know what the next steps are but I want to see policy change, I want to see more therapists to students,” James said. β€œI want my niece to have the ability to have a great future.”

Source- koin.com

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