• Ex-Concord-Carlisle High student files lawsuit over bullying


    (MyFoxBoston.com) – A former Concord-Carlisle High School student has sued the school and town saying she was bullied so badly for a year and a half that she had to be hospitalized for stress-related ailments that nearly killed her.

    This is the first lawsuit filed under the state's new anti-bullying law. Isabella "Belle" Hankey says she was bullied repeatedly during her junior and senior year, and administrators did nothing to help.
    According to the federal lawsuit, the 18-year-old says she received death threats that read "kill Belle" and "Belle's dead at 9:15" scrawled on school walls,  slurs were carved into her car in the high school parking lot, feces was also smeared on her car.

    Hankey's suit claims she and her parents reported everything to school administrators, and other students came forward with tips about who might have done it, but the school allegedly took no action and destroyed records of the bullying.  
    When Belle told the assistant principal about a vulgar slur carved into her car, for example, he reportedly told her, "I don't know what you want me to do." Her parents say when they suggested school officials install cameras in the parking lot, they said it would be too expensive.
    The suit claims the bullying caused Belle to suffer a pulmonary embolism and finish out her senior year at a different school. Belle's attorney said this went on for years, it was easily remedied and there really is no excuse.

    In response to the lawsuit, Concord-Carlisle High School Principal Peter Badalament said in a statement, the "School District cannot comment on a complaint which it has not even seen." He added that the school takes the issue of bullying very seriously and always takes action to ensure a student's safety.


    Statement from John F. Flaherty, Deputy Superintendent of Finance & Operations Concord Public Schools, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District:

    "The School District cannot comment on a complaint which it has not even seen, and we would not discuss publicly the private concerns of a student. We can say that we take the issue of harassment very seriously, and that the District is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students. Beyond that, we can offer no comments at this time."

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