I guess a few school districts will need to be sued for administrators to take protecting kids from bullies seriously.
"A discrimination suit has been filed on behalf of an autistic former student in the Tukwila School District, alleging district officials failed to protect him from bullying and tried to declare him a truant when his parents pulled him from classes.
The suit, filed Monday in King County Superior Court, contends the man was the victim of almost daily harassment when he was in the sixth and seventh grades by several boys at Showalter Middle School and now suffers from Anxiety Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The boys beat up J.B.M., shoved and pushed him, stole his books, slapped, punched and kicked him, hit him on the head with books, called him disparaging names, spit on him and poured liquids on him, the 17-page complaint alleges.
School officials told J.B.M. to stick up for himself and no action was taken against "the bullies," according to the suit.
Officials then took a recess away from J.B.M. when he yelled at other students and used "inappropriate language," the suit alleges.
They also ignored warnings from an education specialist and district psychologist that J.B.M. was the victim of bullying and that the problem needed to be addressed, the suit says.
At one point, the suit alleges, J.B.M. was told not to contact his mother at school."