A Chicago special education student suffered permanent brain damage in a suicide attempt — and his mom blames the classmates and teachers who bullied him, according to a new lawsuit.
Woodson Elementary School fourth-grader Jamari Dent was relentlessly bullied before he tried to hang himself Feb. 18 with a bedsheet, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Two months after his suicide attempt, the 11-year-old boy remains hospitalized on a ventilator, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“My son is not the same,” his mother, Teirra Black, told the newspaper. “He’s like a whole, totally different child.”
The suit claims the bullying started in early 2018 when the boy, who has learning disabilities, was enrolled at Evers Elementary School.
Classmates reportedly mocked him, saying he was “stupid” and “retarded.”
As a third-grader, Jamari was also subjected to taunting from a teacher who hurled insults at him such as “dirty” and “nappy-headed,” the suit said.
In one incident, the teacher reportedly asked him whether “his brillo hair was the reason he couldn’t read.”
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SOURCE: New York Post, Jackie Salo