It all began two years ago in a sixth-grade swimming class, when three boys saw “B.G.” in her bathing suit and teased her about her weight.
Over the next year, according to the 11-year-old girl’s mother, everything spiraled downward as she dropped to 96 pounds — and eventually left her school.
Now, the Pittsburgh girl’s mother is claiming in a federal lawsuit that her daughter’s public school didn’t do enough to protect her from bullying so severe, it led to hospitalization for anorexia.
“She had trouble walking, she couldn’t carry herself anymore,” said her mother, Mary V., who did not want their last name used. “Until then, her weight was proportional for her height. But after that, she chose not to eat.”
The lawsuit, filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleges that the Pittsburgh Public Schools violated Title IX of the Education Act, which deals with gender equality. The lawsuit alleges the girl, who it refers to as B.G., was “harassed because of her sex.” Full story.