DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teenager is suing his school district and several administrators because he says they didn’t do enough to protect him from bullying and an assault that left him permanently disabled.
The teen and his grandmother filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court in Des Moines contending he was subjected to persistent bullying by other students at his Bedford high school. They say it culminated in last October’s attack, in which two students pelted him in the head with footballs, leaving him with severe brain injuries that required surgery to remove a blood clot and with permanent disabilities.
The boy is no longer in the hospital.
Bedford Superintendent Joe Drake said in a statement he hasn’t seen the lawsuit, but that bullying isn’t tolerated and all reported incidents are investigated.