12-year-old who killed herself was forced to hug bullies, lawsuit claims

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ROCKAWAY, NJ (CNN) — Parents of a 12-year-old girl in New Jersey say bullying led to their daughter’s 2017 suicide.

They’re suing the district for not doing enough to help stop the cruelty.

“Instead of removing Mallory from class, I wanted the girls that were tapping her chair every other day and calling her a b***h. I wanted those children removed from class. Not Mallory,” Dianne Grossman, Mallory’s mother told News 12

The lawsuit describes bullying Mallory endured by four fellow sixth graders at Copeland Middle School in Rockaway.

The girls allegedly sent Mallory texts and snapchat photos with messages like “You have no friends,” “Fat” “Jiggly”, “Poor mal”. 

Mallory’s parents say their pre-teen told them to stop — but they didn’t. 

“When these facts were brought to the attention to the school administrator — the school administrators I should say — those facts were terribly ignored,” said family attorney Bruce Nagel. 

Their complaint also alleges – school officials suggested Mallory eat lunch in a guidance office instead of the lunchroom to avoid her harassers. 

She was also forced to hug one of the alleged harassers in an apparent attempt at reconciliation. 

The Grossman’s say had the school district taken swift and effective action their “all-American” girl would still be alive.

“I want them to care less about test scores, and i want them to care more about the emotional intelligence that our children are experiencing,” Dianne Grossman told News 12

The family’s attorney says the families of the four students accused of bullying Mallory are on notice for possible legal action.

But there’s currently no lawsuit filed against them.

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