Lawsuit alleges bullying led to suicides by 2 Missouri teens

4 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Tuesday, July 04 2017 Jul 4, 2017 Tuesday, July 04, 2017 2:08:00 PM CDT July 04, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A parent has sued the Blue Springs School District alleging an unchecked culture of bullying contributed to the suicides of one student and the subsequent suicide of that student's best friend.

The Kansas City Star reported the lawsuit filed last week says the two teenage boys were bullied, harassed and discriminated at one of the middle schools and a high school. The lawsuit filed by Rebecca Lewis accuses the school district of violating anti-bullying laws by downplaying complaints.

School officials were not available for comment. But the district's attorney, Steve Coronado, says his office would investigate and defend the claims as appropriate.

His office requested on Friday that the lawsuit be transferred from Jackson County Circuit Court to federal court because of alleged violations of federal law.

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