Here we go again. Lawsuit: Student constantly bullied commits suicide; school administrators destroy evidence of parent complaints…
Posted by iusbvision on May 12, 2011
Just like we said recently about the Phoebe Prince case:
Victims go ignored, some even kill themselves like Phoebe Prince and the story is always the same. The school claims ignorance when the kids and teachers say that everyone knew about it. District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel demonstrated that the administrators, from the Superintendent on down, were lying about not knowing, as Prince’s mother had multiple meetings with the schools administrators, which proved to be fruitless. Another reason that schools tend to side with the bullies, “Both Phoebe and Tyler were targeted by high-status kids who were well-liked in the community,” said Barbara Coloroso, a prominent anti-bullying consultant. By the way, Prince’s bullies were sentenced last week (expect a civil suit to follow).
Well it seems that the school administrators learned from the Phoebe Prince case, so lets destroy the evidence…
A lawsuit that accuses the Cy-Fair school district of intentionally destroying or hiding evidence has detailed the bullying that 13-year-old Asher Brown went through before he took his life, at least according to his mother.
Brown’s death drew national attention as part of a series of incidents where students wee bullied or harassed because they were or were thought to be gay. Brown shot himself one day after school, the same day, his parents told reporters, that he had told them he was gay.
Brown’s mother, Amy Brown Truong, has filed a suit in federal court here in Houston. In it, she says she and her husband called and visited Hamilton Middle School countless times to complain about the bullying of Asher; Cy-Fair ISD, in its only statement on the incident, says no evidence — either security video or documentation — exists of such contacts.
The suit says “School staff destroyed or have hidden the ‘Visitor Log-In Sheets’ and videos, showing [father] David Truong entering the school district to speak with staff about his concerns and the written and oral complaints made by Asher and videos of Asher being bullied in the school bus and on other parts of the school grounds.”
The suit includes numerous descriptions of bullying incidents around the county, and also details what allegedly happened to Asher.
On numerous occasions someone would run up to Asher when he was running track, and a student would stop in front of Asher, so that Asher would run into that boy and simulate anal intercourse. The someone would call out “Hey faggot, quit trying to f@lk me.” “Her guys, Asher is trying too butt f@lk me.” On many occasions these incidents were often observed by Physical Education and coaching staff.
Asher’s religion was also a target, the suit says:
Also on numerous occasions Asher would be tying his shoe lace and D.K., D.H. K.C. and another D.K. would come up behind him, simulate anal sex and yell out “You like this don’t you? You f@lking faggot. Is this what Buddha does to you guys, doesn’t he? Have you f@lked Buddha today, Boodie boy?”
The suit claims one of the main tormentors, who has since left the district “because he was receiving threats from other students,” was punished by being forced to miss one football game.
School administrators and such lying, violating student rights, violating faculty rights, etc is such a huge problem, that our friends at FIRE and ADF cannot hope to help everyone and must focus on just the most egregious cases. Some good news is that it seems the ACLJ is also moving into the campus rights arena in a big way with the hiring of high powered super attorney David French who has made quite a name for himself in the civil rights arena going after schools and universities who violate the law. The more the merrier. Donate to them now!!!