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Suicide Victim's Parents Sue Glendale School District

Parents of a 15-year-old boy who committed suicide at Crescenta Valley High School in February 2012 have filed a lawsuit against the Glendale Unified School District.

Parents of Drew Ferraro--a 15-year-old boy who took his own life at nearby Crescenta Valley High School--are alleging that Glendale Unified School District did not protect their son against bullying and harassment, according to The Glendale News-Press

The Ferraro family filed a $2-million claim against the district in July.

Drew Ferraro, 15, climbed the roof of a CVHS building and took a running jump to his death before his peers and school staff on Feb. 10, 2012.  

According to the child's autopsy report, the student had a history of mental health problems. Medical examiners found traces of marijuana and Citalopram detected in the toxicology report. Citalopram, an anti-depressant, was found in Drew's system in amounts "consistent with therapeutic use. 

His parents, John and Deana Ferraro, confirmed that their son was treated for depression and say that their son was bullied, The News-Press reported. 

Sheriff's Homicide investigators told Patch in February 2012 that four suicide notes were left by Drew and these notes did not show evidence of bullying.

Click HERE to read the full News-Press report about the ongoing lawsuit.  

RT January 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Sad situation all around. These parents blame the school, Adam Swartz's family blames the U.S. government. Sometimes it makes me think that people just reach out to blame anything other than the person who killed themselves. But blame isn't the word I would use for the decision to commit suicide. You must have to be in such a dark place to do that sort of thing. I can understand why people would file the lawsuit though.
David Hal January 16, 2013 at 04:07 PM
It's sad that It always has to be someone else's fault. We all know how much school districts are hurting for funds. So, any money that might go to anti-bullying awareness or other programs will probably have to be cut after spending it on lawsuits.
Marilyn Smith January 16, 2013 at 04:37 PM
For lawsuits such as this one, it is not the school district that pays for it -- the district's liability insurance should pay for all or most of legal fees and damages to the plaintiff. The district paid for the insurance premiums but the cost of the lawsuit itself should not be coming out of the district's pockets. And maybe with this suit, the district will put in place programs and support on both bullying and mental health.
Donna Roberts January 16, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Maybe the school should counter-sue for the parents not doing enough to ensure that their child was treated, stable and able to handle attending public school.
kathryn January 16, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Shame on those parents for suing the school. I totally feel for them and what their son did, but blaming the school is NOT the answer. My daughter was a classmate of Drews and said that he was not bullied any more than other kids in school. That's high school, everyone gets bullied from time to time. Plus, to my understanding there was no mention of bullying in the suicide notes that Drew left. It really ticks me off because it will just end up being settled for 1/2 that amount and in the end it's the students and teachers paying for it...funding will stop for many programs or updating equipment. This was Drews total decision...no blame and no lawsuits should be laid on anyone.
David Hal January 16, 2013 at 05:45 PM
I totally agree.

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