District sued over bullying incidents

A central Indiana teenager with special needs is suing her local school district, alleging it failed to stop “severe and pervasive” bullying she has faced in school.

The federal lawsuit filed May 13 in Indianapolis against the Franklin Community School Corp. doesn’t identify the girl.

The lawsuit contends the 14-year-old girl experienced bullying so serious she attempted suicide several times.

It says the teen has autism, depression and ADHD and endured “severe and pervasive” verbal and physical harassment by fellow students. The suit says the girl was teased, kicked and punched by students who told her, “You should die,” and, “Dig a hole and bury yourself.”

The school district’s attorney says it’s reviewing the complaint.•

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