Ohio family sues school district and several students, claiming bullying led to teen’s suicide

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FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio– The family of an Ohio teen who took her own life last year is suing the girl’s school district, several school officials, and some students.

Emilie Olsen’s parents say relentless bullying drove their 13-year-old daughter, a Fairfield Middle School student, to commit suicide, and that officials failed to address the problem. After the teen’s death, school officials said the 7th grader never reported any problems with bullying.

The lawsuit alleges that in one instance, the teen was targeted through a fake Instagram account and derogatory messages were written about her on the bathroom wall at school. FOX 19 reports that in another allegation, a sixth grade student “followed Emilie into the girl’s FIS restroom located near the library, and handed Emilie a razor and told her to ‘end her life.'”

The teen’s parents are reportedly seeking damages and reform to the district’s policies on bullying.

The school released the following statement to FOX 19:

The Fairfield City School District is aware that a lawsuit has been filed against the District and a number of additional defendants by the Olsens. The District will be defending the litigation and will be providing appropriate responses in the course of the litigation. The District has no further comment at this time regarding this pending matter.

Read more on the lawsuit here.