Family of Bullied Boy, 12, Sues Over His Suicide
Joel Morales' mom suing NYC, board of education, alleged bullies
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2013 12:31 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The family of a 12-year-old boy who hanged himself after two years of bullying is suing New York City, the Board of Education, the young teens who allegedly tormented him, and their parents, the New York Daily News reports. Joel Morales was small for his age, smart, and struggled with anxiety disorders, a stutter, and fine motor skill problems, according to the lawsuit. Joel's mother complained to the Department of Education "multiple times per week" about the "severe, brutal physical and emotional abuse and harassment" the boy suffered, but nothing helped, the lawsuit states.

After a meeting with school officials and the alleged bullies' parents, the children allegedly snuck into Joel's apartment building to throw sticks and pipes at him; he was then transferred to a different school, but they still followed him after school. Through it all, Joel's mother says, the school didn't discipline anyone. (She also tried, unsuccessfully, to be transferred to a different housing project, Daily Intel reports.) The boy was found dead on May 29, 2012. He told a friend he was tired of the way he was being treated just hours before killing himself, the Daily Mail reports.

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Ellie Oaks
Jun 21, 2014 6:24 PM CDT
It's really so sad to hear this, bullies are evrywhere and any child can be a victim anytime and anytime, its so alarming, luckily anti-bullying is strongly campaigned right now. let me just share you something which can really be helpful for your child when they encounter bullying. Promise this is really a life saver mobile app. Check this out! http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home
Plato
Aug 28, 2013 1:32 AM CDT
Growing up in the Mississippi Delta we had several drive inns in town, boys and girls ate food in their cars and flirted, they were the social gathering places. One rather shy country boy often came at night in his Dads pick up truck alone. The bully, a big brute, had two other kids always with him and he singled out this country kid. The bully would threaten him, push him around and kept telling him not to come to the drive inns anymore. He kept coming to town and one night the bully broke his arm. The country kid came back to Bob's drive inn and sure enough the bully threaten the kid and pushed him around even thought the kid had a cast on his arm. Well the country kid left and went to another drive inn out on the highway. The bully and his two "stooges" showed up out there and the bully dragged the kid out of his pick up and started abusing and threatening him. This time the country kid reached thru the window of his pick up, took a revolver out the glove compartment and shot the bully in the chest, and he died right there. The grand jury ruled it was justified homicide. That actually happened.
steve_davis
Aug 27, 2013 10:19 PM CDT
So why did she keep sending her kid? I doubt she works so she has plenty of time for home-schooling. I know if my kid was treated like that neither of them would be in public school past the second occurrence.