School Sued After Girl Suffers from Rope Burns
About the Rope Burn Incident
The victim’s mother, Sandy Rougely filed the suit, and states that the girl, “K.P.”, had actually been a victim of bullying by some classmates, and that this has gone on for months.
According to Live Oak’s attorney, Dave Deaconson, the suit contains a lot of misstatements and inaccurate assumptions, in an effort to evoke sympathy that is not based on fact. The school’s trustee, Counseller, claims the act was accidental, and that incident was exploited for financial gain by the plaintiff’s attorney.
The suit, however, states that the girl actually complained to her mother last fall of her classmates not accepting her, and that on multiple occasions she was kicked, pushed or shoved by classmates.
The girl’s alleged bully was standing by the girl along with 2 other male classmates when the swing’s pull rope allegedly ended up around her neck and she was jerked to the ground. The principle did not even try to determine if this was intentional or not.
When the mother saw the injury the next day, she took the girl to an emergency room and notified the police, whom requested a crime scene unit.
Seeking an excess of $3 million, the suit alleges that even if this was unintentional, the school had lack of supervision and was dismissive to the case, and they refused to investigate until they had to. Further, the plaintiff claims the school showed an utter disregard to one of the only African American children.
Important Statistics on Bullying
Information provided by Pacer.org:
- 1 out of 4 students report being bullied during the school year.
- 64 percent do not report the bullying.
- Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression.
- More than one third of adolescents reporting bullying report bias-based school bullying.
- Race-related bullying is significantly associated with negative emotional and physical health effects.
- Students victimized by their peers were 2.4 times more likely to report suicidal ideation and 3.3 times more likely to report a suicide attempt than youth who reported not being bullied.