Family to sue New Jersey school district for daughter’s suicide due to cyberbullying

Twelve-year-old Mallory Grossman committed suicide in June. Her parents blame the Rockaway School District.

The family of a New Jersey girl who killed herself in June is suing the school district for not preventing the cyber-bullying that led to the 12-year-old cheerleader’s death.

Dianne Grossman and her attorney said Tuesday that the Rockaway Township school district did nothing to protect her daughter, Mallory Grossman, from being bullied online for months by a group of girls, NBC New York reported.

"For months, there were texts, there was Snapchat, there was Instagram,” attorney Bruce Nagel said, according to the TV station. “For months, she was told she's a loser, she has no friends. And finally, she was even told, 'Why don't you kill yourself?'"

The lawyer described the messages as “vile and malicious.” Grossman said she repeatedly asked Copeland Middle School administrators to stop the bullying and even complained multiple times.

Township School District Superintendent Greg McGann declined to comment to NBC News about the intended suit.

In a self-assessment given last year, Copeland Middle School gave itself an “A” grade of 94 percent for how it dealt with bullying within the school, according to NBC New York.

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