Former Beaverton High School student sues district over bullying
A former Beaverton High School Student is suing the school district for failing protect her against a bully.
Ana Bautista, who is now an adult said she repeatedly told a school counselor about the bullying, intimidation and harassment, but the behavior continued.
The alleged bullying occurred during the 2015-2016 school year when Bautista was a 15-year old sophomore.
Court documents claim the bullying continued for months.
In November 2015, the other student verbally and physically assault Bautista, according to the lawsuit. It says the other student briefly stopped when a PE teacher entered the room, but the beating continued when the teacher left.
"After being assaulted, the plaintiff went to the women's to attempt to calm down. The plaintiff was in a state of shock and began to have suicidal thoughts," the lawsuit reads.
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The accusation further allege that after informing administration, Bautista was told to return to class and was not asked if she wanted to go home, notify her parents, report the incident to police or call for medical assistance.
The Beaverton School District told KATU they are aware of the lawsuit, but say they cannot comment on pending litigation.
State and federal law require schools to have a mechanism where students can anonymously report bullying.
They directed us to their policy and administrative regulations on bullying and harassment listed in the student handbook. The handbook also outlines the disciplinary measures for infractions.
"We encourage students to report bullying and harassment so we can intervene," the district said.
Court documents say the bully was suspended for two days, but that the school did not remove the student from Bautista's classes.
One in four students report being bullied at some point during their childhood, says Emily Moser, assistant crisis line director at Youth Line -- a peer-to-peer youth crisis and support service.
Moser says victims of bullying can feel a range of emotions, including anxiety, depression and isolation. Those feelings can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms like self-medicating, and in some cases - self-harm.
"It can be super hard, just don’t give up," Moser said.