Indiana Parents Sue School District for Alleged Bullying After Their Autistic Daughter Attempted Suicide Twice

The parents of a girl with disabilities are suing her Indiana school district for allegedly failing to do enough to protect her from bullying that they say made her suicidal.

The complaint, filed in the Southern District Court of Indiana, says that despite attempts by the parents to communicate their now-14-year-old daughter’s difficulties at school, Franklin Community School Corp. did not take action to stop other students’ alleged harassment of her.

NBC News was unable to immediately reach the school district for comment.

The mother, identified as R.T., said in the lawsuit that her daughter, identified as R.N., has autism, ADHD and depression, and was harassed because of her disabilities.

The bullying, the suit alleges, went on for years in elementary and middle school, and was “so severe and pervasive that it created a hostile environment that deprived R.N. of access to their educational programs, activities and opportunities.”

The lawsuit says it seeks to hold the district in Franklin, Indiana, about 20 miles south of Indianapolis, accountable for inaction, discrimination and “deliberate indifference” toward their daughter.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Ben Kesslen

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