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posted Friday, September 21, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 38
Teen sues former school district: They didn't protect me from bullying and harassment
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Teen sues former school district: They didn't protect me from bullying and harassment

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Kenosha, Wisconsin, teen is suing his former school district, charging that it failed to protect him from bullying and harassment while he was a student.

Guadalupe Paredes is now 19 years old but says he was subjected to continual bullying and even physical assaults from the time he was in third grade, at 8 and 9 years old, through the tenth grade. He eventually quit school in 2015, as he was starting the 11th grade.

The Kenosha News reports that Parades is charging the school district and five school officials with being indifferent to his complaints and causing him to suffer physical and mental illness as a result of the bullying.

The lawsuit was filed in US District Court on September 14 and charges that the Kenosha school district and its officials failed to comply with Title IX, a federal law prohibiting discrimination in schools.

During the Obama administration, the federal government interpreted Title IX's ban on discrimination based on sex as extending to gender identity and sexual orientation.

According to the suit, Paredes was harassed by multiple students during his time in Kenosha schools, with the students calling him anti-gay slurs. His mother, the suit says, complained to the principal and assistant principal of the school at the time.

Paredes met with the school officials, telling him that students called him the derogatory names while 'shoving him or striking him,' the suit continues.

At one point, Paredes told the assistant principal he wanted to stay inside during recess in order to avoid his harassers but was told by Assistant Principal Sandoval that everyone must go outside. He said he tried to explain how much he was hurting, but when he revealed he was attracted to boys, the assistant principal became uncomfortable and told Paredes to go back outside.

Paredes says he was later told not to consult with the assistant principal any longer, 'because Sandoval did not feel comfortable with the Plaintiff's kind,' according to the suit.

Paredes also says a member of staff told his mother he brought on the bullying himself by 'acting gay' and 'telling other students he was gay.'

Paredes suffered physical and psychological harm from the continual bullying, his lawsuits charges.

In fifth grade, during one incident outside of the school, other students pushed him down and kicked him repeatedly while he was curled up on the ground. One student, described as 'the worst perpetrator' of the harassers, cornered Paredes in a school restroom, telling him he should kill himself because he is gay.

Paredes says he was also harassed on social media by a student who told him to kill himself. During his seventh-grade year, Paredes received a Facebook message from a student harassing him and telling him he should kill himself because the 'world would be better off without him,' the suit says.

Students again cornered him in the school restroom. He said the ongoing harassment made him feel hopeless, and he stopped caring about himself or his appearance. Paredes stated in court documents that he would often feel sick and would vomit after incidents of abuse.

By the tenth grade, while he had passed his first quarter classes, his academic performance declined, and he failed to complete or receive credit in several of them. The school conducted an intervention that resulted in a plan to address the academic issues, but shortly afterward, he was hospitalized for inpatient psychiatric treatment.

According to the suit, Paredes attempted to make a fresh start by transferring to a different high school but dropped out before the end of the first semester of 11th grade, because 'mental health issues prevented him from being successful.'

He never returned to school.

A school district spokesperson acknowledged receiving the legal complaint on September 17, and said the district's insurance company will be handling the defense.

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