Bullying is in the news. No matter what community you live in, there has been a story about a child who has been bullied at school. The same is true for Baltimore City.
Today, December 15, 2011 a civil trial will begin. The trial was brought against Baltimore City Public Schools by a Baltimore City family. The family’s lawsuit asserts that Baltimore City Schools failed in its obligation to protect their special needs child from bullying at school.
The Sullivan family filed a lawsuit against the school board of commissioners and the principals of both Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School and Glenmount Elementary/Middle School.
The parents say their son was bullied and no one did anything to stop the violence. Shawna and Edmund Sullivan’s 10-year-old son, Shawn, age 10, was allegedly bullied and taunted by classmates.
His parents claim that he was tormented by classmates at Hazelwood Elementary School and the school system did nothing about it. They state that they made numerous attempts to notify the school and school officials about the abuse and bullying their son was allegedly subjected to at Hazelwood Elementary School.
The Sullivans state that they even went to school and met with personnel several times. The bullying of Shawn continued. Shawn was then attacked outside of the school. Shawn was allegedly choked until he passed out.
“He was choked until he was passed out, carried into the office and still nothing came of it,” Shawna Sullivan told WJZ TV.
The Sullivans state that Shawn was carried into Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School after being found outside and still nothing was done.
It was at this point that the Sullivans moved Shawn to Glenmount Elementary/Middle School in an attemp to stop the bullying and physical attacks upon him. The Sullivan’s lawsuit states that the bullying continued and they say they received no help from administrators. The Sullivans again notified the school of the issues surrounding their concern for Shawn and his safety.
The Sullivans assert that they filed this lawsuit to attempt to get the Balitmore City Public School system to take an more aggressive and active role in protecting all students from bullying on school grounds and in the schools themselves.
Numerous news organizations have attempted to gain comment from Baltimore City Public Schools, however they have consistently declined citing the pending litigation.