Texas parents sue school; say lax on bullying


By MONIQUE BATSON
Beaumont Enterprise
A lawsuit has been filed in a Beaumont district court against a Liberty County school district by parents of a child with Asperger’s syndrome who they claim was repeatedly bullied with no protection from the district’s administrators.

Papers filed by law firm Cirkiel and Associates, based in Round Rock, claim “L.L,” son of Ronald and Tammy Lunsford of Cleveland, was bullied and harassed between 2003 and 2008 while enrolled in the Tarkington Independent School District, and complaints to school officials were ignored, according to court papers.

The Lunsfords say their son has Asperger’s syndrome, which limits his ability to act normally in social situations, causes heightened sensitivity and susceptibility to overstimulation and makes him hypersensitive to physical contact.

The lawsuit claims between L.L.’s 6th and 10th grade school years, he was repeatedly bullied and harassed. The parents say L.L. was often called names, had his possessions stolen and had things thrown at him. The papers also say L.L. had often been bullied in front of TISD teachers and administrators, who did nothing to stop the behavior. Action by the parents included meetings with school administrators, district administrators and formal letters. Full story.

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