Irvine family seeks lawsuit against school district after son’s suicide

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.

Staff writer Deepi

Chandrashekar

contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: 714-796-2221 or sdecrescenzo@ocregister.com

‘It’s like something you’d see on TV’: 29 years after he held her just once, woman found her father on Facebook

Myesha Lockheart’s Facebook information attracted concerning 10,000 likes and 140,000 shares. However she wasn’t looking to be “Facebook famous.”

She was merely looking for her dad.

For the majority of of her life, she believed he had abandoned her – until her older brother revealed a family secret. Their troubled mother, by after that dead from a drug overdose, had lied. Contrary to just what Lockheart imagined, her father had been left heartbroken as quickly as his ex-girlfriend absconded along with their baby.

In her handmade ad, Lockheart holds a poster beseeching, “Please help. I am in search of my biological father. His name is Charles Edward Jackson … I was born July 8th 1986 in Fountain Valley, Ca.”

The response to the ad was immediate and overwhelming.

Within days of the post, a Long Beach debt collector – skilled at detective job – spotted her plea. Unsolicited and unpaid, Bryan James did some digging and matchmaking.

“I thought, ‘Why not monitor somebody down for positive reasons for a change?’” he said.

In late June 2014, Lockheart tentatively placed a call to the man James pinpointed as her father, and quizzed your man for proof.

“I told her concerning her mother, grandmother, uncle, cousin – points I otherwise could not have actually known,” recalled Jackson, that lives in Los Angeles. “Myesha broke down and cried.”

“It was clear without delay that he was the right person,” Lockheart said.

The two had not laid eyes on each yet another in 29 years, as quickly as newborn Lockheart arrived house from her Fountain Valley birthplace – FHP Hospital (purchased by Memorial Good health Services in 1996).

“I got to hold her just when as quickly as she was a baby,” Jackson said, choking up.

His yearlong partnership along with the mother, Diana Lockheart, had crumbled.

“She was mad at me,” he recalled. “She told me we were done. I begged, ‘A minimum of offer my daughter my name. A minimum of allow her be in my life.’ However she said no and took off.”

Diana Lockheart hastily relocated to Lancaster along with baby Myesha and 9-year-old son Sandy. Her family members told Jackson she left the state, he said, and he lost chance that he would certainly ever see his daughter again.

When Myesha Lockheart was 3, her mother – that worked as a drugstore manager – injured a vertebral disc while stocking shelves. After that, she became addicted to discomfort medication and was virtually housebound.

“Mom was basically disabled,” Lockheart said. “However believe it or not, she was a very excellent mom as quickly as I was little. She constantly had dinner waiting and helped me along with my homework.

“It wasn’t until I got older, about 10, that I was aware of her addiction,” she said. “Much more and more, she wasn’t there as considerably mentally. Some days she wouldn’t grab from bed. Addiction is a beast. It gets the very best of you.”

OVERCOMING A Durable CHILDHOOD

As a young child, Myesha believed she and her brother shared a father, Robert Lockheart – her mother’s ex-husband, that occasionally visited them. At age 11, she learned concerning Jackson, However her mother discouraged her from seeking your man out.

“Mom told me he had his own family and didn’t want anything to do along with me,” Lockheart said.

Diana Lockheart died of an accidental overdose in 2001, as quickly as her daughter was 15.

“I went to Georgia to live along with my grandpa,” Myesha Lockheart said. “It was either that or foster care. I wanted so badly to go spine to California – However now I would certainly never ever leave Georgia.”

Her now-deceased grandfather became her “finest friend.”

Despite her challenging childhood, Lockheart graduated from higher school and position herself through technical school functioning as a nanny and a secretary.

“I don’t drink or do drugs,” she said. “I’ve seen just what drugs do to people. I love joining control.”

Now a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician, Lockheart functions at an urgent care focus in Marietta, Ga.

Lockheart had her very first Youngster at 19 along with her then-boyfriend. She named her daughter Deanna, a variation of her mother’s name.

LEARNING THE Fact concerning HER FATHER

Over the years, Lockheart continued to mourn the father she believed had willfully abandoned her. as quickly as she was 26, her brother Sandy – serving prison time for armed robbery – wrote her a letter that would certainly transform her quite identity.

“He told me that he remembered my dad showing up at the apartment right after I was born,” Lockheart said. “He could keep in mind my dad crying and begging my mother not to take me away.”

Shocked and thrilled, Lockheart Googled her father’s name – discovering that “there are concerning 3,000 Charles Jacksons in California.”

Frustrated, Lockheart resorted to her Facebook post.

“I got the tip as quickly as I watched others individuals looking for their dads on Facebook,” Lockheart said. “I felt vulnerable going so public.”

Some 48 hours later, Jackson received the surprise news from a stranger: “Your daughter is looking for you.”

A long-haul truck driver, he had simply turned the wheel over to his partner so he could rest.

“I believed somebody was playing a joke on me,” he said. “No method I could visit sleep after that call!”

SERENDIPITOUS REUNION

A couple of weeks after the telephone reunion, Jackson was assigned a delivery to Georgia – which normally is not his territory – while on the road in North Carolina.

“I told my partner, ‘I got this,’ and drove the whole 700 miles,” he said. “I was afraid my boss would certainly adjustment his thoughts and send me on yet another route.”

Jackson didn’t even offer his daughter notice concerning his intentions until well on his way, for fear he would certainly be rerouted and disappoint her.

“as quickly as he called me at job from a truck stop, I drove over in my scrubs,” Lockheart said. “We went to dinner then he came spine to my apartment so he could comply with my daughter and fiancé.”

Little Deanna awaited Jackson along with a big hug.

“My granddaughter melted my heart,” he said. “She came in to the living room and said, ‘Hi, Granddad!’ I never ever believed I’d hear those words. Myesha is my just child.”

Father and daughter have actually been gabbing ever because – almost daily.

“We call each others and it’s like, ‘Excuse me – I haven’t heard from you today,” Lockheart said. “We started out talking concerning the past. He told me his side. Now it’s, ‘Oh, I simply bought a brand-new pair of shoes.’”

In April, Lockheart gave birth to son William along with her fiancé Andre Pinkston, a paramedic. Next milestone: wedding bells on April 30.

“I’m going to do that father thing and walk her down the aisle,” Jackson boasted. “I’m blown away by exactly how this all of unfolded. It’s love something you’d see on TV.”

Contact the writer: sgoulding@ocregister.com

Tattoos at the U.S. Open of Surfing: Beachgoers explain what their body art represents

There’s fairly minor dressing strolling about at the Vans UNITED STATE Open up of Surfing; so along with the shortage of apparel the physique art comes from hiding.

The UNITED STATE Open up in Huntington Coastline is a wonderful position to people watch, then along with many people strolling about in boardshorts then bikinis, there’s no more shortage of tattoos about show to admire.

After scouring the sand in Huntington Beach, we looked out all of the ridiculous tats about display. Inspect out our slideshow with regard to a look.

Another Team Come and Gone In Anaheim

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After two seasons, the Piranhas of the Arena Football League are folding. Coach Mike Hohensee, who had one year remaining on a two-year contract, said he was told on Monday by majority owner Robert Zinngrabe to “start looking for another job.” “I don’t think the Piranhas are going to be playing next year as the Piranhas,” Hohensee said Wednesday night. “I think it was a combination of things. They have good people here. This could have been successful. It’s unfortunate for a lot of people.

Soak City In The OC!

Well, Wild Rivers went away and then came Soak City.  Waterparks are great fun and this one is in the Knott’s Berry Farm family so must be good.

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Soak city is most definitely fun in the sun when you are in Buena Park. The park is very clean and well staffed. There are different food venues (amusement park prices), lockers, and plenty of rest rooms. The river is awesome, and you could float all day long if you want.  Sounds like a good reveiw to me..