Middle school bullying and suicide lead to $12 million school lawsuit

April 24, 2019

A 12 year old girl committed suicide because a middle school classmate was regularly bullying her about her weight, according to the girl's mother. The mother, Maranda Riboli, has now filed a $12 million lawsuit against the school district, her daughter's teacher, and the school principal. 


The lawsuit states that the girl, Brooklyn, who attended Elton Gregory Middle School in Redmond Oregon, was found dead April 18, 2017 and left behind notes that she killed herself “because of this boy.’’ The death occurred two months after the girl's mother emailed, then met with classroom teacher with part of the discussion likely tied to the persistent bullying from a classmate.


The boy told Brooklyn “that she should kill herself because she was a waste of space and no boy would ever like her,’’ according to the lawsuit. The suit further states that the school district failed to follow its own protocol.  Read more about the lawsuit here.


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