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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Family files suit against Fairport School District

  • The parents of a student have filed a federal lawsuit against the Fairport school district, claiming that teachers and administrators provided "inadequate" response to persistent bullying from his peers.

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  • The parents of a student have filed a federal lawsuit against the Fairport school district, claiming that teachers and administrators provided "inadequate" response to persistent bullying from his peers.
    The lawsuit claims that the boy was repeatedly teased and shoved by his peers while attending Martha Brown Middle School.
    In 2011, the boy's father approached the principal and school counselor. Despite the principal's reprimands, the bullying continued.
    After these incidents, his parents claim the boy experienced anxiety and other symptoms that made it difficult to concentrate on school work. He missed school on several occasions.
    On one occasion, two students allegedly approached the boy in the hallway and forced a lacrosse stick into his buttocks.
    At the advice of a psychologist, the parents took the boy home to be tutored privately. He later transferred to Johanna Perrin Middle School during the 2011-12 year, but the parents claim the bullying grew even worse.
    They recorded more than 25 separate incidents that took place at school, which included verbal abuse, including name-calling and use of profanity in sexual taunting.
    Many of these incidents occurred in gym class. Students also physically abused the boy by allegedly touching the boy's buttocks and "crotch."
    The family is now suing the district for $1 million in damages.
    They claim that the superintendent and administrators both Martha Brown and Johanna Perrin showed "deliberate indifference" to the bullying, which they allege caused physical and psychological harm.
    Superintendent Jon Hunter said that as of Wednesday, the district had not received any papers from the family or the court.
    "That's cause for concern given the efforts everybody has put into this situation," he said. "We have worked very closely with this family and provided interventions and behavioral actions when they were needed."
    Hunter said that Fairport has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying, and this is enforced by students, teachers, and administrators alike.
    "They will take action to stop bullying for this student and every student. When bullying actions are identified we treat them seriously, and they are disciplined."
     
     

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