IRVINE – As a higher school freshman, Tyler Kirkland went online and posted messages concerning killing himself.
On the initial day of his sophomore year at Irvine higher School, after he was “bullied and harassed throughout the entire school day, simply as he was the previous school year,” 14-year-old Tyler left campus, locked themselves in the bathroom at his grandparents’ estate and shot themselves in the head, according to a court petition filed by his parents.
Darrell and Kristi Kirkland allege that their just son was steered to suicide about Sept. 2, 2014, after being subjected to “intense verbal and bodily bullying by his classmates,” according to the court documents. They allege the Irvine Unified School District did zero to assistance their son, also as they pleaded along with school personnel to intervene, the documents said.
In the July 22 petition, filed in Orange County Superior Court, the Kirklands are asking a judge to waive the six-month statute of limitations to enable them to sue Irvine Unified for financial damages.
Spokeswoman Annie Brown said Thursday that the district does not comment about pending litigation.
On March 26, the family asked the district to enable them to submit a point out outside of the six-month period, which ended March 2. Yet in a letter dated April 15, the district denied the request.
The Kirklands argue in the petition that the district’s denial was “improper” since the law allows a point out to be filed within a year if the individual is a minor and has actually died. It likewise states that the hold off stemmed from the couple’s battle “along with intense sensations of grief and depression” after their son’s suicide.
The Kirklands allege that school personnel knew of the bodily and psychological abuse Tyler was experiencing, yet failed to adequately supervise him or her and various other students and to implement or enforce anti-bullying policies.
The harassment ensued throughout school hrs and about campus, according to the petition. As time went on, the Kirklands “observed their son’s well-being decline immeasurably as a result,” according to the petition.
The Irvine Police Department received calls concerning suicidal messages Tyler posted online in February of 2014 and advised Irvine higher administrators, according to the documents.
“Unfortunately, despite their assurances, the administrators failed to offer any type of meaningful intervention,” the petition states.
When he entered higher school, Tyler was “a normal, well-adjusted freshman,” said attorney Jonati Yedidsion, that is representing the family.
Two days after his death, students at Irvine higher schools donned blue and white in his memory.
A listening to about the petition is specified for Sept. 30.
It’s not the initial time that parents in Orange County have actually sought restitution from a school district after a child’s suicide.
In 2009, the parents of a San Clemente higher School sophomore that killed themselves filed a wrongful-death lawsuit versus the Capistrano Unified School District. Daniel Mendez, 16, was located Might 1 of that year in a neighborhood near his San Clemente home, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
That lawsuit alleged that administrators failed to avoid “blatant and ongoing” bullying best up to his suicide. The family later amended the lawsuit to contain the names of students that they said bullied their son.
Confidential settlements were reached along with several of the teens. The lawsuit naming the district ended in a settlement in which the Mendez family agreed to lose the district from its lawsuit and the district agreed not to pursue reimbursement for its legal fees.
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