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Parents suing school district over daughter's death from bullying

LAS VEGAS -- Details of how a teenage girl from Henderson was bullied to death are now laid out in a new lawsuit.

The parents of 13-year-old Hailee Lamberth are suing the Clark County School District saying it failed to protect their daughter, who took her own life nearly one year ago.

The 28-page lawsuit was filed Tuesday.

In it, Jason Lamberth claims his daughter Hailee may still be alive today if CCSD had a tougher policy to prevent bullying.

Now, he and other parents who say their children were also tormented in school are banding together in hopes of bringing about change.

Lamberth says just hours before his daughter Hailee killed herself last December there were no signs that anything was wrong.

"Earlier that day she sent a text to me and my wife saying that she got student of the month in math," Lamberth said.

But according to a new wrongful death lawsuit Lamberth filed Tuesday, the straight-A student at White Middle School had been suffering at the hands of bullies for months.

It states school officials never told Jason Lamberth about it.

Allegations also say students were pushing Hailee around, calling her ‘fat' and ‘ugly' and because of Hailey's epilepsy, one kid even left her a voicemail saying "where are you Hailee? I wish you die."

"It's extremely frustrating for me as a parent and the way they treated my daughter by not informing us of the incidents I can only imagine how that made her feel," Lamberth said.

"No other parents should have to suffer through what Jason and his family are suffering." Amy Hairr, whose son was bullied in school, said.

Hairr and Mary Bryan filed a lawsuit over CCSD's bullying policies in April.

At that time, we sat down with the women and their sons who claimed they were bullied for months at Greenspun Middle School. The women decided to move their kids to a private school, claiming school officials did nothing to protect the boys.

"We were getting no answers. We were forced to do something," Bryan said.

"Sometimes people think something is bullying and is harassment," CCSD Chief of Staff Kirsten Searer said.

CCSD won't comment on the lawsuits, but Searer says the school district is taking steps to improve bullying prevention, including better defining what constitutes bullying and when to reach out to parents.

"We won't be satisfied until we can handle all the bullying at our schools," Searer said.

It is a promise Jason Lamberth feels CCSD can't keep without legal pressure.

"If it's a way of affecting change so no other parents have to feel like I do every morning then so be it," Lamberth said.

Lamberth along with a number of other parents are also working with legislators to help draft a bill called Hailee's Law.

It would hold school officials criminally responsible if they don't report bullying to parents on a timely basis.


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