School System Is Facing Lawsuit

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

A Floyd County mother says bullying at school led her son to kill himself.

Her attorney says an investigation into his death has now turned into a lawsuit against school officials.

Shelia Patton says she isn't doing it for the money, but so another family doesn't lose a child.

“If we had just known, just one telephone call would have saved a brilliant wonderful, beautiful child,” Sheila Patton said.

Patton says school officials at Allen Central Middle school did not follow procedure when their son was bullied at school, a policy she says was put in place just a few months before her son's death.

“There were policies and procedures in place within the Floyd County School System, specifically within Allen Central Middle School, to investigate any suspicion of bullying or harassment,” Vanessa Cantley, attorney for the estate of Stephen Patton, said.

“No parent, no parent should have to go through this and no child should have to lost their life because someone didn't do what they were supposed to do,” Patton said.

After her son's death, Patton says students and teachers approached her family saying they witnessed Stephen being bullied during school.

“If this could happen to a family like ours, this could happen to anybody,” Patton said.

With only pictures to remember her son, Patton says parents need to always ask questions and get answers about what's going on in their children's lives.

Superintendent Henry Webb says the school is aware of the lawsuit, but has no comment at this time.

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  • by Kristen Location: Eastern Ky! on Dec 11, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    Yea.. I know, Steve was a realy close friend of mine! I mean he was like a brother to me.. his dad and mom are my parents friends and they visit use almost every other day. they are really good people. I just wish he could have told some one about it, but thats why there is a such of thing as stuck up and people that have clicks and are to good to talk to anyone else. I may just be 13, but i wish there was something I could have done, anything, I really miss him. The school board is to sorry to stop it, they stick up for athletes and no-one else. Hopefully one day they will learn, there are things more important.. but, I know nothing will bring him back, we just don't want someone else to go throw what he had to.. one day.... one day....
  • by David Location: Louisville on Jun 8, 2008 at 03:24 AM
    the floyd county school system is a joke. I had to move my children halfway across the state to get them an education and to stop them from being bullied. South Floyd HS isn't much better. When you can walk into the boy's restroom and buy better drugs then you can get off the street it is time to move on. The teacher's don't care about the students they are there for a paycheck and the principals are even worse. Protect your kids and take them to another school system. I had to
  • by Diane Location: Mt. Sterling on Jun 7, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    I really feel for these people and the school system. Believe it or not even though school systems want to punish bullying they often get in more trouble defending a student from a bully than doing nothing. Bullying has even spilled out into their private lives. So they can't escape it like they use to. My kids were all home schooled and they even had to deal with it if they crossed someone unintentionally. It's crazy. Maybe a lawsuit will make them wake up but I doubt it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Magoffin Co. on Jun 6, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    My heart goes out to this mother..I can'i imagine what it must be like to lose a child, but to lose one at cause of another child just turns my stomach. I know first hand what its like to have a child that is bullied at school..My son was picked on almost everyday he has came home begging me to quit or be home schooled. He goes to high school next year and i'm scrared to death.. BULLIES should be punished but our school systems do not take this serious..Until its too late.. My thoughts and prayers with this mother..


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