Mother of bullied teen who committed suicide sues Hallsville schools

Mother of bullied teen who committed suicide sues Hallsville schools

Posted by: DO/Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Categories: In The News

Elizabeth Overstreet’s daughter, Rylie Wagner, died in April 2017. Overstreet is now seeking damages from the Hallsville School District, superintendent John Downs, former middle school principal Clint Hague and assistant principal Ty Sides, alleging culture in the school where bullying was considered acceptable behavior.

“The few school years prior to Rylie’s death, Rylie, as well as other similarly situated students, experienced bullying at Hallsville R-IV School District that was generally complained of but ignored, and often met with the consequences of the victim of bullying being subjected to punishment and further bullying,” the petition states. “Well before Rylie took her own life due to bullying, the Hallsville R-IV School District had a reputation that it was somewhere she could expect to be bullied because it was just the way it was.”

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