Jennie Runevitch, WTHR-TV
PENDLETON, Ind. (WTHR)
- An Indiana jury has awarded $50,000 in damages to a Pendleton woman who sued her school for failing to protect her from bullies.
For six years Molly McCoy and her family didn't talk publicly about the pain from bullying that happened inside Pendleton Heights High School.
"Someone came up to me and said, 'Have you seen the picture of you?' and I said, 'What picture?'," Molly explained.
It was a photoshopped, sexually-suggestive picture on flyers posted in hallways and bathrooms throughout the school.
"My actual phone number was at the bottom and it said 'Call for a good time'," Molly said.
What hurt worse than the student bullying, the McCoys say, was the response from school leaders. Molly claims she was told to go back to class after reporting it, that the flyers were left hanging up, her parents were not called and she was never offered counseling.