Caddo Parish School Board
Someone Being Bullied
Male | Shreveport, LA   United States
Caddo school system sued over alleged failure to stop bullying
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
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9/12/13 12:25 AM
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A federal lawsuit is pending against Caddo Parish School Board and a school official on behalf of a student who the suit claims was subjected to months of continued bullying and abuse from another student at University Elementary School.

The suit contends the school system not only failed to properly address the problem, but also failed to protect the student from the abuse.

The suit was filed by the student’s mother, on behalf of her son who was 7 at the time, and alleges the abuse included physical assaults and cruel name calling regarding the child’s sexuality. She said the stress caused her son severe mental distress, humiliation and embarrassment and to finish the 2011-12 school year elsewhere.

“The principal did not take him out of the school immediately and failed to keep the two boys separated,” said Nelson Cameron, the plaintiff’s attorney. “Obviously, the principal knew to keep them separated, but they kept contact with one another and that contact was of bullying.”

Cameron said the victim attempted to harm himself, and the school psychiatrist eventually determined the child should withdraw from University Elementary School.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages from the school system for past and future pain and suffering and medical expenses.

The Caddo Parish School Board released the following statement:

“This matter is now in litigation. Because the lawsuit’s allegations involve the conduct of two young students, we are unable to provide any additional facts for confidentiality reasons. The Caddo Parish School Board believes that school officials acted appropriately based on the information that was given to them at the time, and CPSB intends to vigorously defend the charges.”

Among the allegations contained in the suit is Pamela Nelson, the principal, although trained in the school board’s anti-bullying policy and aware of the alleged behavior, failed to take appropriate steps to protect the victim.

The case is tentatively set for jury trial in February.

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