The parents of a year-old girl who committed suicide are suing the school district for its alleged negligence to bullying. John Chandler reports. The family of a year-old New Jersey girl who took her own life in June is planning to sue the school district she attended, saying she was relentlessly bullied for months before a "preventable tragedy. Mallory was an accomplished cheerleader and gymnast who family and friends say was well-liked and sociable. Beginning last October, Mallory would come home and tell her mother about "the dirty looks and the constant harassment and the name-calling and the cold shoulder, the exclusion," to the point that the girl suffered chronic headaches andstomachaches, and her grades plummeted, her mother says. The family repeatedly asked school officials for help to stop the bullying, Nagel said, but the school district did nothing. 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?
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Editor's note: The accuser has admitted she lied about the attack and cut her own hair. Read the updated story here. A little girl is seeing an outpouring of support after she told police that three classmates pinned her down and cut off some of her dreadlocks while telling her her hair was "nappy" and "ugly. The sixth-grade student at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, said three white classmates ambushed her on the playground on Monday and used scissors to cut her long, dark hair. He called for police and school leaders to help prevent another attack against a child. The county police chief took the unusual step on Friday of confirming that the department was investigating the incident. Chief Ed Roessler cautioned that the department likely will not be able to issue much information, as juveniles are involved. The Allen family spoke with detectives again on Friday. The family's lawyer said he expects police to interview the three sixth-grade boys this weekend. Amari told her grandparents and then police that the boys cornered her on the playground, held her down and cut her dreadlocks.
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In the days and weeks that followed, Jessica Roe brought books from home when she was dispatched to the library or computer lab to sit, mostly by herself, while her classmates were in the Bible program, her mother said. When Jessica Roe was in third grade, the bullying began, Deal charged in a lawsuit she and another family filed in January against the Mercer County Public Schools, with the help of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation , which advocates for the separation of church and state. In , Deal transferred her daughter to a public school across the state border, in Bluefield, Virginia. After she sued in , Mercer County suspended the class.
One evening two weeks ago, Nancy Anderson Dolan's year-old son opened his laptop and yelled like he'd been struck. Dolan rushed to his side and saw what had appalled her child: An expletive-filled message from a child her son has known for years, threatening to hurt him. Moments later, her son's phone lit up with text messages from another child: More threats, more cruel insults. You just couldn't wrap your mind around something like this happening. Even now, after involving her son's school and helping him recover from the cyberbullying incident, Dolan finds herself on edge. Most research on bullying has focused on its effect on children, for the good reason that children bear the brunt of the suffering.