A Texas father is filing a lawsuit against a group of students he says cyber bullied his son.
Derek Rothschild of San Antonio told KSAT the problem started in January when a group of middle school students voted his son “most likely to shoot up the school” on social media.
According to the family’s attorney, students then began ridiculing and ostracizing the boy at school. Rothschild said administrators even sent an email to parents about the incident.
“They knew this wasn’t a credible threat, that it was just a bunch of rumors, but they searched him and searched the whole school and brought the extra security anyway,” Rothschild said. “I expressed that morning that this was really bullying and I felt like the only person who was really in danger at school that day was my son.”
The Northeast Independent School District released this statement to KSAT:
“The District’s administrators acted appropriately to investigate the situation, and took appropriate actions to address it. The District made it clear at the beginning of the school year that all threats against schools would be subject to disciplinary action.”
Rothschild is seeking $50,000 damages and attorney fees in the lawsuit.
According to KSAT, this is believed to the first lawsuit filed under David’s Law in Texas. The law is named after a teenager who committed suicide in 2016 after being cyberbullied.