EXCLUSIVE: Notice of claim filed against Central Islip School District over alleged misconduct, bullying
A notice of claim has been filed against the Central Islip Union Free School District that alleges a 13-year-old middle school student was bullied and discriminated against.
The filing claims the teen was told she couldn't attend a school trip because she was Black and begged her parents to let her stay home from Ralph Reed Middle School due to severe bullying.
"I don't think my daughter was ever safe at this school after the bullying started," said Antoinette Moore-Thomas, the teen's mother. "She had text messages on her phone that said they were going to jump her. One of the girls even said they were going to shoot her in the head. We printed out all these text messages, took them to the school and nothing was done."
According to the family, the teenager threatened to take her own life.
The family also claims that an assistant principal told them their daughter was in an improper relationship because she was dating a girl.
Antoinette Moore-Thomas and her husband Gregory Thomas say they constantly spoke with administrators at the school but were ignored.
"Do I have to wait for my daughter to commit suicide for somebody to understand what she's going through?" Gregory Thomas says.
The notice of claim will likely become a lawsuit against the district seeking $2 million.
This is the third alleged bullying incident in the district in the past month.