Suit: Franklin schools failed to stop student from being bullied

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A central Indiana teenager with special needs is suing her local school district, alleging it failed to stop “severe and pervasive” bullying she has faced in school.

The federal lawsuit filed May 13 in Indianapolis against the Franklin Community School Corp. doesn’t identify the girl.

WRTV-TV reports the lawsuit contends the 14-year-old girl experienced bullying so bad she attempted suicide several times.

It says the teen has autism, depression and ADHD and has endured a “severe and pervasive campaign” of verbal and physical harassment by fellow students in the community about 25 miles south of Indianapolis.

The suit says the girl was teased, kicked and punched by students who told her “you should die” and “dig a hole and bury yourself.”

The school district’s attorney says it’s reviewing the complaint.

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