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Posted on April 17th, 2009,
by Zane Cagle

Parents sue Illinois school for wrongful death

Posted on April 17th, 2009 by Zane Cagle

The parents of an Illinois student filed a wrongful death suit last month against a school district and its superintendent, claiming that the administrator’s threats toward the student over a missing master key to the school tormented him into committing suicide.

According to the suit, while the plaintiffs’ son was a sophomore at the high school, he was accused of having a missing master key to school grounds. The defendant allegedly threatened him with felony charges, jail, expulsion and fines to get him to confess information.

After a third interrogation last October, the defendant suspended the boy after he admitted to a role in taking the key. He claimed, however, he no longer had access to the property, but the defendant did not believe him. According to reports, the defendant then screamed in the boy’s face as he pounded his fists on his desk and kicked a trash can across the room. He claimed other students said the student participated in a break in at the concession stand and planned to call the police.

The suit stated that while attempting to attain a confession, he said the boy was “a liar” and “worthless.” The day after this interrogation, the plaintiffs’ son shot himself at home and died.

Although their son was not the only student interrogated, the plaintiffs believe that the suicide was a direct result of defendant’s “extreme and outrageous” conduct over the missing key. His actions caused their son, “severe emotional distress,” and the interrogations violated school policy since his parents were not present.

If you believe that another person’s intentional or negligent acts caused the death of a loved one, you may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. Call our offices today and speak with one of our premier personal injury attorneys.