Classmates, Parents Say School Failed To Stop Bullying
THE COLONY (CBSDFW.COM) – The Lewisville Independent School District, to this day, maintains there is no link between bullying and the death of 9-year-old Montana Lance. But video interviews conducted by attorneys representing Montana’s family say otherwise.
“Did you ever see him get physically bullied at Stewart’s Creek,” asked attorney, Ryan Johnson. “Yes, mostly at the playground or in the lunch line,” replied a classmate of Montana’s. Johnson then followed with, “on the day of his death, was Montana Lance bullied?” To which the student responded, “Yes, he was.”
The classmate is one of at least three former students at Stewart’s Creek Elementary that say Montana was bullied repeatedly and that nothing was done to stop it.
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The same student says the physical abuse pushed Montana to bring a pocketknife to school. “Me and my friend were walking home from school and we went behind this house for a shortcut and he [Montana] was being beat up,” explained the now 12-year-old. “He told me he was thinking of bringing a pocketknife to school, but I told him he should not, because he could get in trouble. But he did it anyways,” the boy added.
The classmate goes on to say that he was in the nurse’s office when Montana locked himself in the nurse’s bathroom and then hanged himself. “After about five minutes, there was kicking, there was kicking, there was activity,” recalled the student.
The student says Montana was locked in the bathroom for at least 45 minutes, because no one at Stewart’s Creek Elementary School could find the key to open the door.
The mother of the student says her two sons were also bullied, and when she complained to school officials, the mother says she felt like they were “sweeping it under the carpet.”
The woman goes on to say that she heard stories of Montana’s abuse from her two sons, and when the 4th grader took his own life; that was enough for her. “I think the straw that broke the camel’s back, that made me decide to pull them [my sons] out of school, was the issue with Montana,” the mother added.
CBS 11 attempted, once again, to interview the Lewisville School District, and once again, district spokeswoman Karen Permetti says the district is unable to comment on pending litigation.
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