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Woman sues Pinellas administrators over bullying

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April

A Pinellas County Schools principal and two high-level administrators are being sued by the guardian of a student over bullying at a bus stop.

Highland Lakes Elementary Principal Tijuana Baker is named along with Bill Lawrence, the district's director of student assignment, and area superintendent Ward Kennedy in the suit filed last week.

Joyce Loveless claims that her son or grandson (it is not clear what the relation is from the suit) was bullied and sexually harassed by fellow students beginning last May. Loveless says she reported the problem to Highland Lakes and the district, but it was never addressed.

After a fight, the parents of the student who allegedely bullied her child began showing up at the bus stop to scream, Loveless says.

"Principal Baker refused my phone calls, refused to return my messages and avoided me, whenever possible... I went to the school to speak to her in person, she instructed the staff to say, "she is in a meeting," Loveless writes.

She is asking for $13,000 for punitive and general damages.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:07pm]

    

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