Parents Sue School for Failing to Prevent Teen’s Suicide After Months of Bullying

Parents Sue School for Failing to Prevent Teen's Suicide After Months of Bullying
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A Tragic Loss

14-year-old Joce­lyn Wal­ters trag­i­cal­ly took her own life in Sep­tem­ber 2022 after endur­ing months of bul­ly­ing and abuse from for­mer friends at her New Jer­sey high school.

Her par­ents Fred and Solang­ie Wal­ters have filed a law­suit against the school claim­ing they ignored bul­ly­ing and failed to pro­tect their daughter.

Allegations of Relentless Harassment

The law­suit alleges Joce­lyn was sub­ject­ed to an “extend­ed and per­sis­tent pat­tern of harass­ment, intim­i­da­tion, and bul­ly­ing” by a group of girls led by one named J.M. They alleged­ly cast Joce­lyn out of their friend group, iso­lat­ed her, and taunt­ed her both in per­son and online.

The School Did Nothing

Despite com­plaints from Joce­lyn’s fam­i­ly, the law­suit claims the school and board did noth­ing to stop the bullying. 

They accuse teach­ers and staff of ignor­ing “ongo­ing and repeat­ed com­plaints.” Just days before her death, J.M. alleged­ly texted about Joce­lyn, “She died stop mak­ing con­tro­ver­sy about it.”

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