Bullying Lawsuit Filed Against Volusia County School District

By on September 14, 2018 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – A lawsuit filed on September 7th against the Volusia County School District is the result of a bullying incident at Seabreeze High School on December 13, 2017. Jason Harr, the attorney hired by the victim’s mother, Tamara Huth, said that the teen, who was 14 at the time, was verbally and physically assaulted by another student. Harr said a school official was in the vicinity of the attack and only got involved when the bully started hitting the victim about the head.

Harr said by state statute, he notified VCS about initiating litigation. The only response received was a copy of the video, shot by another student, of the incident. Harr said the school district did not offer the victim any type of counseling or therapy, leaving them no option but to sue. State statutes require a six month waiting period before litigation can be filed against a public entity, such as the school district. That’s the reason the lawsuit was not filed sooner.

The teen suffered head injuries as well as emotional trauma. He had bruises and marks on his head. The lawsuit accuses the School Board of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The victim’s mother, Tamara Huth, was concerned for his safety and took him out of school for the rest of the year.

Harr said the student who did the bullying was prosecuted and sentenced to probation, anger management and he was expelled from Seabreeze High School. Prior to the incident, the boys had no interaction. Huth’s son is back at school for his sophomore year.

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