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Drew Ferraro's Family Files $2-Million Claim Against Glendale Unified

The family of suicide victim Drew Ferraro, 15, filed a $2-million claim against Glendale Unified School District, stating that the school failed to protect the child from bullying.

The Ferraro family filed a $2-million claim against Glendale Unified School District, alleging that did not protect him against "constant bullying," The Glendale News-Press reported. 

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. 

, 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 that 

The claim disputes the investigators and cites “wrongful death” and “emotional distress,” according to The News-Press. The family claimed specific charges against the district, including that GUSD officials knew that Drew was a bullying victim but failed to prevent it, and that they failed to prevent and warn about a "potential suicide attempt." The claim also argues that the district did not work to educate staff and students about bullying and how to prevent it. 

Read more about the claim filed and in the full News-Press story

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Elizabeth Nazarian July 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Sometimes, the only way to bring about necessary change is through the legal system. I hope for the family and Drew's friends and all students now and in the future that this accomplishes change. Thank you.

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