Mallory Grossman committed suicide at her home in New Jersey house in June 2017.
(Family photo via GoFundMe)
For a full school year, a 12-year-old girl who endured merciless bullying online and in the hallways by cruel classmates-whose taunts included, “When are you going to kill yourself?”
Mallory Grossman’s mother made “numerous” complaints from administrators at the New Jersey high school, but they did nothing to help her daughter, she claimed to The Post.
On 14 June 2017, Mallory killed himself in the family Rockaway house. Her parents on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the principal, Rockaway Township, the board of education and several other school officials in Morris County Superior Court.
“The story is not about Mallory. It’s about everyone, Mallory. It’s about everyone niece and their cousin and their grandchildren,” Dianne Grossman said.
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She said principal Alfonso Gonnella, in particular, has blood on his hands.”
On the last day of her daughter’s life, Dianne went with Mallory to talk Gonnella in a last-ditch attempt to get help for her child, the suit says.
During the three-hour meeting, the client handed a poker chip to the preteen cheerleader and gymnast. He sent the girl to engrave her initials on the token, and asked her: “have you been in?”
Mallory was “humiliated,” the suit says.
Gonnella “lacked suggestions for the punishment of the perpetrators, but instead placed most of the responsibility on Mallory to remedy the situation,” the papers say. “His clear solution to nine months of bullying, is a poker chip? And for her to write her initials and the date, and ask her or all of them? And an hour later, she goes home and dies?” the mother said.
Mallory’s father, Seth Grossman, was the one who “discovered his daughter Mallory minutes after a suicide attempt and was present during her last moments of life,” the wretched parents, lawsuit says.
The mother said that the meeting followed a full school year of cruel texts and Snapchat messages from other students.
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