Judge rules in favor of family whose daughter was bullied

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The District Court on Monday sided with the parents of a teen who took her own life.  

The parents of Hailee Lamberth said their daughter committed suicide in 2013 because she was bullied and in a lawsuit against CCSD they alleged that the district didn’t respond properly to the situation.

In 2014, the Lamberth’s asked CCSD to release all training material on bullying, but 8 News NOW was told employees at Thurman White Middle School didn’t go through any material.

In the past, CCSD took the approach that bullying didn’t have anything to do with Hailee’s suicide.  However, the District Court judge’s ruling says when the trial begins in November, CCSD will not be able to use experts who say bullying is not a risk factor for suicide, in their defense.

Earlier this year, the district released an instructional presentation that covered the connection between bullying and suicide.

All of the employees had to watch it this school year. 

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