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Former Concord-Carlisle student says school ignored bullying

A former Concord-Carlisle High School student is suing the school district for $2 million after she claims they ignored her pleas for help regarding bullying. (Credit: Metro file photo) A former Concord-Carlisle High School student is suing the school district for $2 million after she claims they ignored her pleas for help regarding bullying.
Credit: Metro file photo

A former Concord-Carlisle High School student is suing the high school for ignoring her pleas for help regarding the excessive bullying she experienced as a student.

The $2 million lawsuit claims Isabella "Belle" Hankey, 18, was the victim ofdeath threats and had her car defaced with crude slurs and smeared feces. Because of the bullying, she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was forced to finish out her senior year in an alternative school, the Boston Globe reports.

Each instance was reported to school administrators, according to the suit, and other students came forward with tips about who the perpetrators were, but the school allegedly took no action and destroyed records of the bullying, the Globe continues.

The school district received tips about a specific student as well as a group of sophomores who may have been responsible. The sophomores referred to themselves as the “Sexy Seven."

Hankey's lawsuit is one of the first in conjunction with the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law, which went into effect in May 2010 after several high-profile bullying-related suicides in the state.

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