A heart-wrenching incident unfolded in New Jersey when 12-year-old Mallory Grossman tragically took her own life in 2017 after enduring months of relentless bullying from her peers. As a result of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Mallory’s family against Rockaway Township school district and its board, a $9.1 million settlement has been awarded.
Neglected Pleas: Consequences Unfold in Bullying Case
Despite repeated communication from Mallory’s parents, Dianne and Seth Grossman, to school officials about their daughter’s torment, no effective measures were taken to protect her. This tragic oversight by the school system ultimately resulted in Mallory’s untimely passing.
A Turning Point: Highlighting the Battle Against Bullying
Through the Grossman family’s lawsuit, the urgent issue of bullying and teen suicide has garnered national attention. Their attorney emphasizes that this record-breaking settlement should be a powerful message to schools nationwide, urging them to take proactive steps in addressing and preventing bullying among students.
Bullying Beyond Borders: The Impact of Cyberbullying
Mallory’s harrowing experience extended beyond the school premises, reaching social media platforms like Snapchat. The continuous taunts and messages eventually led to her devastating demise, leaving her family shattered.
Creating Legacy through Awareness: “Mallory’s Army”
In the wake of this heart-wrenching loss, Mallory’s parents established “Mallory’s Army,” a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the epidemic of bullying and fostering safer school environments.
Honoring Mallory: Preserving her Spirit and Passion
Mallory Grossman, remembered for her vibrant spirit, love for sports, and creativity, lives on through the tireless efforts of her family to ensure other children are spared from similar torment.
A Call to Action: Addressing the Disturbing Rise in Youth Suicides
The alarming surge in youth suicide attempts, further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, demands immediate action and a renewed focus on mental health support for children.
Preventing Bullying: A Shared Responsibility
As schools grapple with the aftermath of this tragic incident, the American Psychological Association underscores the need for parents, teachers, and administrators to collaborate in identifying and addressing bullying, thus safeguarding children from devastating outcomes.