Concord teen sues high school for neglecting bullying
CONCORD, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Concord teenager has sued Concord Carlisle High School for refusing to take more action when her life was threatened during her academic career there.
Belle Hankey was receiving threats throughout her junior year at the high school. She would find them on lockers and in bathroom stalls. Even her car in the parking lot was also targeted with scratched threats, even feces smeared across the door.
“I didn’t want to go to school. I didn’t feel safe at school so I clearly was not paying attention in my classes, I was not participating. I was just trying to get through every day,” said Hankey.
She said she couldn’t figure out who was targeting her or why. But she felt victimized again when she brought her complaints to school administrators.
“They would shoo me from their office and they would make it seem like they had more important things to be doing instead of paying attention to a threat someone wrote about my life,” said Hankey.
She said the threats finally stopped when police and school officials agreed to install cameras around the school during her senior year. But still, Hankey has filed a $2,000,000 lawsuit based on the state’s new anti-bullying law to make sure Concord Carlisle and other schools respond more quickly when the next student is targeted.
“I went through this by myself and I don’t want any other people to go through this by themselves and luckily I had family and my friends to support me. Not everybody has that, so not having the school and not having the support that I had, there’s no way that we would get other things resolved,” said Hankey.
The Deputy Superintendent said the school district will not be commenting on a complaint they said they haven’t seen. They also said they will not publicly discuss what they said is a student’s private concern.