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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