Mother sues St. Charles schools, parents over son’s alleged bullying
By Kalyn Belsha email@example.com November 1, 2013 1:38PM
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:31AM
ST. CHARLES — The mother of an 11-year-old boy who attended St. Charles District 303 has filed a lawsuit against the district and the parents of a child who allegedly hit and injured her son during recess.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Kane County on behalf of Tracie Hunley, whose son attended Davis Primary School last year.
According to the lawsuit, Hunley’s son, then 10, was being bullied by another male Davis student. The district decided to separate the boys at all times while they were on school property.
All school staff were supposed to be told of the separation policy and receive notice about it in writing, the lawsuit states. The district also met with the families of both children to inform them of the separation policy.
On Oct. 16, 2012, the two boys were let out for supervised recess together, the lawsuit states, and the Davis student allegedly hit Hunley’s son, causing him to fall and suffer “serious and permanent” injuries.
The lawsuit alleges that the district failed to take the proper steps to prevent Hunley’s son from coming into contact with the other Davis student and failed to make sure all staff knew of the separation policy.
The Davis student, who is a minor, and his parents also are named as defendants.
The lawsuit alleges that the Davis student’s parents failed to remove their child from Davis or prevent him from coming into contact with Hunley’s son, failed to “properly parent” him after he allegedly started bullying Hunley’s son and failed to properly discipline their son for the alleged bullying.
Hunley is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorney’s fees and any additional remedy offered by the court.
Jim Blaney, the district’s spokesman, said Friday that the district had yet to see a copy of the lawsuit.
The district’s School Board has bullying policies in place that prohibit students from “engaging in hazing, bullying, or any kind of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to another” which includes “any use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, harassment, or other comparable conduct.”
According to the school board’s policy, the district conducts “a prompt and thorough investigation of alleged incidents of bullying, intimidation, harassing behavior, or similar conduct” and involves students and parents in remediation of such behavior.
Staff, students and parents are encouraged to report alleged acts of bullying and harassment, the policy states.