Family of suicide victim sues school district for wrongful death

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FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH - School is supposed to be a safe place, but it can be a student's worst nightmare if they're a victim of relentless teasing and bullying.

Emilie Olsen, a middle school student at Fairfield Middle School in Fairfield Township, Ohio, sat alone in the lunchroom and didn't eat. She rarely smiled and usually responded to questions with one-word answers. She killed herself on December 11, 2014. Emilie was just 13 years old.

Now, her family is suing the school district for wrongful death, claiming school officials saw the signs she was being bullied, and did nothing. The lawsuit lays out several instances of bullying that went on for years.

Students made fun of her Asian descent, scribbled hateful messages about her on bathroom stalls, and at one point a student allegedly handed her a razor and told her to go kill herself.

It didn't stop there, either. They cyberbullied her, too. Someone set up a fake Instagram account called 'Emilie Olsen is gay.'

Her family says they tried to end the bullying and pleaded with the school to help, but they claim nothing was done. Consequently, the seventh grader suffered severe depression, and ultimately ended her life. The school has denied any wrongdoing.

Emilie's family knows no amount of money can bring back their beloved daughter, but they`re hoping the lawsuit will change the way schools deal with bullying.

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