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Bully broke Pinellas student's leg, mom alleges in lawsuit

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A Pinellas County woman is suing the School Board for negligence after staffers at Sawgrass Lake Elementary allegedly failed to protect her son from a well-known bully. According to the complaint, Jennifer Giroux says the other student "aggressively tackled" her son after recess on Oct. 6, 2006, leading to a broken femur. She's seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

The suit, filed Sept. 28 in Pinellas Circuit Court, says the other student was "particularly known to both students and faculty as overly aggressive" during recess and lunch. It also says Giroux's son told the school about the other kid's "animosity and aggression toward him," including on the day of the incident.

The suit is the third filed against Pinellas in a little more than a month that involve similar claims.

On Sept. 18, a former wrestler at Countryside accused the district of negligence after another student allegedly slammed him to the ground at school in February.

On Oct. 14, the mother of an Azalea Middle School student filed suit, claiming that bullies "jumped" her son after he got off the bus at school. She said that one of the students had allegedly hurt her son a few days before, but school officials told her it was safe for him to return.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:40am]

    

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