Parents Sue School Over Son's Suicide

An Ohio couple has filed a lawsuit saying school officials failed to stop bullying that they claim led to their 17-year-old son's suicide.

The suit was filed in federal court last week, almost two years to the day when 17-year-old Eric Mohat shot himself in the head. Parents William and Janis Mohat say their son was taunted and harassed by classmates at Mentor High School for months before his death on March 27, 2007.

Their lawsuit accuses the school district about 25 miles northwest of Cleveland, of violating the high school junior's civil right to safety.

The teen's father says they would drop the suit if the school system adopted tougher regulations on bullying.

Without commenting directly on the litigation, school officials say the district takes bullying seriously.

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  • by david Location: edgecombe on Apr 21, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    it depends on what the schoole didi to him
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Apr 13, 2009 at 12:29 AM
    When I was in the Army, we had to wash our own uniforms. Sometimes in the sink while on fire duty. We had to do all of our sowing. I learned to cook and we all had to clean the barracks. Being a man involves much more than fighting. It requires you to be a responsible, trustworthy, loyal, self supported and strong individual. Maybe a trip to the local gym and a couple of round with someone their own size would be the fix for a bully. But then again, maybe the bully gets this from his parents or some other person and that is why he is violent towards others. Bottom line is that the school should be a safe enviroment for learning not a place to have to defend yourself from true COWARDS.
  • by Ginny Location: V'town on Apr 6, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    I really disagree with the statement "they and their lawyer will be laughing all the way to the bank". I doubt these parents, or any other loving parents who lose a child, will laugh all the way to the bank. No amount of monye will bring their child back. In fact, the article states the father will drop the suit if the school acts tougher on bullies in the future. These parents don't want someone else to go through the pain their child went through, and they don't want other parents to suffer like they are suffering now. When (or if) you have a child, you will understand. Someone very close to me was bullied in elementary school, and it really affected this person for the rest of his life. Although it sounds easy, not every body (male or female)is strong enough to stand up to their tormentors. The adults in the school setting are supposed to protect our children when things of this nature are brought to their attention. Parents protect at home, and school leaders protect at school...
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    Local schools have rules against "hasassment," and most bullying meets that definition. Still, schools are unlikely to enforce heavily. Children are required by law to attend school, and schools have an obligation to provide a safe "harassment free" environment. By the way, where does it say there was just one bully? As an adult, none of you could withstand the social alienation that a bullied child must face every day.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 6, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    WITN Moderator... was that for me? Because I notice my submission didn't make it... yet I don't recall calling out another poster. ..I mean I could have ..I just don't think I did. ..What was my offense, so that I can reword it?
  • by Realist Location: Stella on Apr 6, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    So the kid is in school 6 hours a day and at home the rest of the time, how is it the school's fault? Yes, bullying happens, and it doesn't end when you get out of school. The parents are responsible for teaching a kid to stand up for themselves, but as usual, they just are looking for someone to point a finger at.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: on Apr 6, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    Please play by the rules and do not flame other posters. You can disagree, but we will reject your posts when you call other posters names.
  • by Mary Location: Snow Hill on Apr 6, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    You guys been in a public school lately? It is full of gangs and thieves. But wait, let's make a dress code - but a thief is a thif and a gang member is a gang member even in kahki pants and a polo. Bullies just like gang members envoke fear. Until we are able to take care of the gangs it will be impossible to take care of bullies...but the public school is too concerned with political correctness to attempt to fix a problem that will target a certain culture. So it is up to parents to BE THE PARENT and maintain an open relationship with our kids.
  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 6, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    Wow. If parents would teach kids to use their words correctly instead of harsh ones and physical violence, it might help a little. I think what the parents are doing in wrong, but its also up to the children to tell someone at the school what is happening and they should be able to keep a watch sometimes. Beverly: I know what you mean. I know what a yard stick felt like on my rear end and I learned from it.
  • by Beverly Location: North carolina on Apr 6, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    Bullying is a major problem in our country. The athorities have their hands tied on punishments. There IS only so much the teachers and the school systems are allowed to do to fix the problem. The Civil Liberties of all are an issue. This stuff didn't happen thirty years ago in a school. You got a teacher. Now there is just no respect, for the teachers, for the system , or for the childs welfare.
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