Transcript for Ohio Family Files Federal Lawsuit After Teen Commits Suicide
We turn to the story of one Ohio family suing their school district after the tragic death of their 13-year-old daughter. She killed herself after merciless bullying and her family blames the school for doing little to stop it. Linsey Davis has the story. Reporter: The family of 13-year-old Emilie Olsen says she took her own life. They called her names and tried to trip her. I want to know the truth. To me the truth has no agenda. It is what it is. And my daughter deserves that. Reporter: Now one year after her death, they're filing a federal lawsuit accusing the Fairfield Ohio school district of knowing that Olsen seen here in her yearbook photo was bullied and did very little to stop it. In the lawsuit her parents say that before her death they were dismissed when they reached out to the school on several occasions for help. Also citing numerous examples of bullying claiming one sixth grader handed Emilie a razor and told her to end her life. The lawsuit also describes derogatory restroom graffiti about the teen they say was shown to the school but wasn't removed until the day after she died. Can we talk with you. Not on camera. Reporter: Fairfield city schools tells ABC news the district will be defending the litigation and will be providing appropriate responses in the course of the litigation. A school resource officer reviewed this surveillance video from inside Emilie's school the day she took her life and said he saw nothing out of the ordinary. But according to a police report, in an interview with her parents, Emilie had been suffering from depression, had a history of cutting her arms and legs and her father suspected she had regularly been consuming alcohol. Less than two weeks before her death in a Facebook exchange with a friend, Emilie wrote, I'm a freak and I'm tired of it. I've made up my mind, I wanna die. For "Good morning America," linsey Davis, ABC news, new York. Such a sad story. Let's talk to Dan Abrams about this right now. There's going to be a lot of factual questions at the heart of this lawsuit. Maybe most importantly did the school district know about it and did they as the plaintiffs allege here literally put her back into classes with the bullies that they'd reported about. So that's a critical question. A clear law in Ohio, anti-bullying law that requires school districts to take action. The superintendent actually wrote a letter to the school community saying, that he didn't think bullying had to do with it so there's going to be key factual disputes. That's Ohio law, but the twist is this is a federal lawsuit. So she is saying that the reason she was bullied was based on her race, national origin, sexual preferences, she's saying these were the reasons she was bullied and that's why they're filing this in federal court so there's going to be an anti-discrimination question here, as well. Tough questions to answer. Okay, Dan Abrams, thanks very much. We'll all be watching that Dan.
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