(BEDFORD) A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Des Moines Friday in connection with an alleged bullying incident at Bedford High School.
The teen victim and his grandmother filed the lawsuit stating that the attack in October caused severe brain injuries and permanent disabilities and that school administrators did not do enough to protect the teen from repeated bullying. The teen claims classmates hit him in the head repeatedly with a football.
Jessica Lown, with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said an investigation is underway to determine if charges will be filed.
“The investigation is still ongoing at this point and I know that the case agent who has been assigned is waiting on some more information from medical personnel and then when those interviews and final bits of information are collected and put together in a case report it will be turned over to the County Attorney,” said Lown. “We anticipate that might be a couple months before that is all completed.”
Bedford Superintendent Joe Drake released a statement to KSOM/KSWI radio saying, “It is the policy of the Bedford Community School District to provide all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. Bullying and harassment of students is not tolerated by the District and student safety is always the District's first and most important priority. Any known incidents or complaints of bullying, harassment or other issues concerning student welfare and safety are promptly investigated in accordance with District policies and procedures. The District has not yet seen the petition in this case, so it cannot respond to any particular allegations being made. However, the District will review the specific facts and allegations of this case when received and will respond accordingly.”