Parents seek justice in wake of middle school suicide

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by DEBBIE DENMON

WFAA

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 2:56 PM

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THE COLONY — Montana Lance was nine years old in January 2010 when he hanged himself in the nurse's bathroom at at Stewart Creek Elementary School in The Colony.

Deborah Lance said her son had been a victim of bullying.

She now alleges that the Lewisville Independent School District is failing to protect children from the mental anguish of bullying.

A small group of parents from schools across North Texas were part of a demonstration in The Colony on Monday afternoon.

Michelle Coxx said her nine-year-old child had black eyes and broken teeth, which she said are signs of bullying. She said this has been going on for three years in the Kerens ISD, 55 miles southeast of Dallas.

Coxx also claimed that her child's school district did little to address the problem. Her child now suffers from post traumatic stress, she said.

"When we drop our children off at the front door, we cannot protect our children," Coxx said. "We're the parents; we're at home. But when we drop them off, we want the school to protect our children. They have a duty of care."

Coxx and others called for an end to the bullying.

The Lewisville ISD said it cannot comment on the specifics of the Montana Lance case due to current litigation.

E-mail ddenmon@wfaa.com

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