CA - Diego Stolz, 13, Bullied, died after being sucker punched, 22 Sept 2019

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  1. Jewels53

    Jewels53 Forever in my Heart!

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    A 13-year-old boy who died last month after he was sucker-punched by classmates had complained of bullying to an administrator at his Southern California middle school days before the alleged assault, a lawyer representing his family said on Tuesday.

    Dave Ring said he had filed a wrongful death claim against the Moreno Valley Unified School District on behalf of the family of Diego Stolz. The claim serves as a precursor to a wrongful death lawsuit.

    The filing alleges that Stolz died as a result of being bullied and asserts that the district "failed to take bullying complaints by Diego's family seriously and failed to enforce anti-bullying policies to protect its students." The filing also claims that the school district "has a long history of student altercations on its campuses."
     
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    Jewels53 Forever in my Heart!

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    On a Friday in mid-September, Diego Stolz’s adult cousin accompanied him to a meeting with the assistant principal at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley.

    The eighth-grader had been repeatedly targeted by bullies. The day before, one of them had punched him in the chest and threatened that more violence was coming.

    Stolz was scared.

    The assistant principal, Kamilah O’Connor, assured him that the bullies would be suspended for three days, starting Monday, and told him he could miss the remainder of the school day.

    But when the 13-year-old returned to classes after the weekend, the boys were still there.

    They confronted him around lunchtime with a pair of sucker punches that knocked him to the ground. The blows were captured on cellphone video that was posted to Facebook.

    Stolz never woke up. He was removed from life support nine days later.

    Eighth-grader's family complained of bullying days before fatal assault, legal claim states
     
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    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    OMG -- how sad and how absolutely irresponsible on the part of those who should have, could have done something to prevent it. Why were those boys in school when they weren't supposed to be?
    What a beautiful young man -- and a football player -- sounds like he was just a regular guy. We certainly don't know the whole story, but it doesn't sound like Diego was trying to be a troublemaker with those boys who attacked him.

    I'm glad the Wrongful Death suit is in the works. Some persons having to do with the immediate problem, those having to do with ignoring the danger, and someone not making sure those boys weren't at school that Monday have some explaining to do, IMO. School principal, dean of students, Superintendent of the School System (or whatever it is called) will have to answer some questions about this sooner or later. From the news article I read, linked above, it also sounds like Diego may not have been the first student being bullied in that school district.

    I wonder how tough those bullies feel tonight...
     
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    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    This one has got me -- we never know which cases will tug extra hard on our heartstrings and/or our sense of right and wrong and/or our anger for unspeakable hurt to those unable to fight back or ask for help...
    Here's another article about this sad, sad situation.
    Calif. Boy Told Assistant Principal About Bullying Days Before Sucker Punch That Killed Him
     
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    borndem Anglophile & registered demwit

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    From the People article I posted and linked above:
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    "During a vigil for Diego, other students and their families shared similar complaints about bullying and accused the district of not taking appropriate action."
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    Will anything change with that district, its administration, parents, students, etc., now that this incident has become known by the public?
     
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    Jewels53 Forever in my Heart!

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    I am afraid with society today no one will take full responsibility. I see lack of action all the time. I thought maybe we had made progress in taking care of bullying. Apparently we have not. I see it in the news all the time in the Kansas City area. Parents don't want to take responsibility for their children anymore.

    Things are very out of control in the schools and in the work place. We don't want of offend anyone anymore.

    All JMO! MOO!
     
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    Exactly. People are more aware about bullying nowadays, but still.
     
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