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Lawsuit claims school district failed to stop bully

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GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Greenwood family says District 50 failed to protect their daughter from being terrorized for years by a bully.

The family's lawyer G. Lee Cole says the victim is now in sixth grade and in a private school.

Cole says the bullying started in 2010 and continued to 2012 while the victim and the bully were students at Springfield Elementary School.

Cole says the bullying was verbal and physical. Cole says the family tried getting administrators to intervene, and hired him to help them.

"Our first request was to get this child who was the bully into a different classroom," Cole said. "But the school district wouldn't cooperate with us."

Cole says the bullying came to a head in the fall of 2012 when the bully punched the victim in the head causing her ear drum to rupture.

"They (District 50) were sorry it happened but for whatever reason they wouldn't move this child into another classroom," Cole said.

District 50 told Fox Carolina they could not comment on the lawsuit but did provide this statement.

"When we are advised of these type issues, we investigate the matters and respond appropriately, consistent with District policy."

Cole says the suit asked for the District to pay for his clients medical bills, cost of private schooling and other damages. Cole says the suit also aims to protect other students in District 50 from being bullied.

"A lot of school districts are doing the right thing but this one wasn't," Cole said. "They were talking the talk, but not walking the walk."

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