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School Reaffirms Student Death Not A Result Of Bullying

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Terrell Independent School District is standing by its initial claim that a middle school student death last week was not the result of a bullying incident.

The family of Zusette Moreno says two girls attacked her in the bathroom at Herman Furlough Middle School and banged her head against the wall. Moreno later complained of headaches, went into shock and ultimately slipped into a coma. She died on November 30, which would have been her 13th birthday.

After a complete investigation, the Terrell Independent School District Police Department says there is no evidence to support that bullying played any role in Moreno’s death, according to a statement released by the district. Investigators have reviewed security footage at the school and found no evidence that Moreno was attacked. The statement also asserts that Moreno had no visible signs of physical trauma on her last day of school.

While it discounts the role that bullying played in Moreno’s death, the district says it recognizes the bullying issue is one parents are deeply concerned about.

After Moreno’s death other students came forward to complain that they were bullied as well.

The Moreno family has obtained a lawyer to review the case.

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