Lawsuit claims Charleston teacher bullied student

September 7, 2013 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A lawsuit against the Charleston County School District claims a high school teacher bullied a male student by repeatedly calling him gay, causing the student to attempt suicide.

The Post and Courier reports the boy's mother filed the suit Aug 30. Her attorney, Philip Hammond, declined to say why the teacher wasn't sued. A district spokesman declined to comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit alleges the bullying began in April. The mother says the West Ashley High teacher repeatedly belittled her son in front of his classmates and encouraged other students to pick on him during class.

The suit says the emotional stress caused the unidentified student to become sick, and he attempted to hang himself. It says he's being home-schooled now and receiving mental health counseling.

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