Drew Ferraro's Parents Sue School District

Parents of a 15-year-old boy who committed suicide at Crescenta Valley High School in February 2012 have filed a lawsuit against the Glendale Unified School District.

Parents of Drew Ferraro--a 15-year-old boy who took his own life at Crescenta Valley High School--are alleging that Glendale Unified School District did not protect their son against bullying and harassment, according to The Glendale News-Press

The Ferraro family filed a $2-million claim against the district in July.

Drew Ferraro, 15, climbed the roof of a CVHS building and took a running jump to his death before his peers and school staff on Feb. 10, 2012.  

According to the child's autopsy report, the student had a history of mental health problems. Medical examiners found traces of marijuana and Citalopram detected in the toxicology report. Citalopram, an anti-depressant, was found in Drew's system in amounts "consistent with therapeutic use. 

His parents, John and Deana Ferraro, confirmed that their son was treated for depression and say that their son was bullied, The News-Press reported. 

Sheriff's Homicide investigators told Patch in February 2012 that four suicide notes were left by Drew and these notes did not show evidence of bullying.

Click HERE to read the full News-Press report about the ongoing lawsuit

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ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 11, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Cute kid, but his eyes looks like a couple of black eyes and puffy under the left one. Strange garb which is probably normal. Filing a lawsuit is very expensive and takes a further toll on the nerves. He evidently was not afraid of heights which is also unusual and makes me wonder if fantasy games made him think he could fly. Just so horrible and my prayers are with family...
Kim January 11, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Robert, your comments are presumptuous. Circles and discoloration are classic signs of allergies. His "strange garb" i'm sure contributed to his bullying. As for not having a fear of heights; when I read this, the first thing that comes to my mind is how was he able to have access to the roof! I think it's time we all stop blaming the victim. You're correct, lawsuits are expensive! Sadly, we live in a world where this is the only way to bring about change. While I appreciate your opinion and believe this community forum is beneficial for all, I caution you (and others) to not judge without all information and to remember we live in a small community so things written here will be seen by the people who know and love the Ferraro family.
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM
@Bob - Please take it easy and watch your words. This is someone's child.
Krae911 January 12, 2013 at 07:18 AM
My heart is heavy in this time for Drew's family... This could not have been an easy decision for them to make, knowing that they face months (perhaps YEARS) of courtroom drama and red tape on top of grieving the loss of thier beloved son. And I agree with the previous posts about monitoring what you say here...I appreciate that you (Mr. Fishback) ended your post with prayers for the family, but that does not negate the clearly unthinking/detatched comments you made beforehand. No matter the age or "look" of the person, suicide is an incredibly tragic event. To think that ANYONE feels so alone in this world (no matter the friends/family who proclaim love for you) is SUCH a heartbreaking tragedy.
kylie van January 12, 2013 at 08:14 AM
wow Bob is such a jerk.. I swear he has nothing better to do then sit a bash people.. always full of negative comments.. "Bob" your is energy is very dark...
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I would also like to suggest you read our terms of use: http://montrose.patch.com/terms
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 12, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I am sorry I posted what I did....the patch has power to delete harmful things. I bashed no one..I should have followed an un-certainty about posting.
Krae911 January 13, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Thank you for your acknowledgement, Mr. Fishback. Handshake & bygones (on my part).
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 14, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Krae911< And thank you for your kindness too. So pointless is my reply..sort of twitterish. When I think of all of the thoughts that can be thought on just about anything, I think....Krae911 is a living being who has a story...everyone is a walking book of stories. It does not matter if we know each other...we have simimiarties. I believe that laughter is still the best medecine. So....years ago, I was walking downtown and an old man was just ahead of me. He started to pass gas, then shut it off, wondering if any one was behind him. He turned around and saw me, and,,finished it off ! I think of that when I start to think too highly of myself. Have a good day and think good thoughts...krae911...b
Rocio Gomez January 14, 2013 at 07:40 PM
I am truly sorry for his family but the child was sick, depressed. I was one of the people that supported the family i helped for his funeral but i just don't see why take this step to hurt the schools that are already struggling. I understand they want justice but why not sue his therapist? teachers do their best with our children with what they are provided.
Private January 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Don't judge the parents on the difficult decision they have had to make. No one wants a law suit and no one wants to hurt our children's education. Maybe this is about making our schools a safer place for the children.
kylie van January 15, 2013 at 04:01 AM
it doesn't matter if he was sick or not... how was he able to access the roof without anyone noticing?? thats the real question here.... don't blame the parents.. and why the therapist?? did she put Drew on the roof?? Suicide is a very touchy subject.. everyone involved will blame themselves enough with out the judgement and pointing of fingers from the surrounding community... why didn't I see signs of suicide?? where was I when he needed me?? I didn't do enough to help him.. what could I have done different to prevent this from happening... My cousin killed himself when I was 12... It was horrible.. at Robert I appreciate your attempted so called apology... I just think you have awful communication skills.. Maybe you should interact with real people from time to time instead of communicating via computer and leaving lame comments on every post... you just might learn to be human..
Karen McVey February 11, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Don't blame the school either! Why does someone have to be blamed? Students are at school for only 6-7 hours a day, what about the other 17-18 hours that he's with family or friends? What does suing the school accomplish? Doesn't bring him back!
CV Parent February 27, 2013 at 06:31 PM
It's been over a year since this happened and I'm still tormented by it. My daughter was a classmate of his and became very depressed over it. Teen suicides tend to happen in clusters. Children don't yet realize how final death is and may have distorted visions of what it means. My heart breaks for the parents and family of this boy. They will never stop missing him and replaying over and over in their minds how they might have done things differently.


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