When kids feel connected and have a strong sense of belonging to the school community, they do better in school. They persist in school at higher rates and achieve at higher rates. … It’s pretty promising that engaging in social networking sites could help them to develop and deepen their bonds over time.
Gay student’s suicide triggers wrongful-death lawsuit
The mother of a deceased 13-year-old middle school student has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Tehachapi Unified School District in California after federal authorities concluded school officials didn’t adequately respond to the gay teen’s complaints of attacks and harassment.
The lawsuit, filed last week in Kern County, accuses school district Superintendent Richard Swanson, Jacobsen Middle School Principal Susan Ortega and several teachers of violating Seth Walsh’s federal civil rights.
In September, Walsh, an eighth-grader at Jacobsen, hanged himself moments after being taunted and attacked by classmates. The suit argues that Walsh’s death resulted from continual public taunting and assaults from classmates that were ignored by school officials.