Family files suit over son's suicide at The Colony school

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on January 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 22 at 7:42 PM

THE COLONY — One year ago, nine-year-old Montana Lance hanged himself at Stewart Creek Elementary School in The Colony.

On Friday, his family held a memorial in front of the school to celebrate his life.

They also filed a federal lawsuit questioning a key and a locked door.

Montana hanged himself inside a nurse's bathroom at Stewart Creek, which is part of the Lewisville ISD. His parents blame bullying and the district.

"It has been hell to see that it's not changing," said Deborah Lance, Montana's mother.

The boy's parents are now taking their battle for change to court, filing a lawsuit against Lewisville ISD.

They claim that district employees — including the school's principal and the nurse — failed to keep their son safe, ignoring warning signs and their complaints.

"They are the ones that know it and they failed to do it," Deborah Lance said. "They failed on that. They failed him. They failed to have a key to the bathroom."

According to claims outlined in the lawsuit, Lewisville ISD fostered a climate of harassment and bullying and didn't know how to respond.

In a statement, a district spokeswoman said LISD does not comment on pending litigation, but added that an internal investigation found that bullying was not connected to Lance's suicide.

"For officials to stick their head in the dirt, and you know something has got to wake them up, and it's sad loss of children isn't waking them up," Deborah Lance said.

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