​Parents Sue Third-Grade Bully For 12 Incidents Of Physical Violence

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June 22, 2021

Parents in Illinois sue a third-grade bully who beat up their son at the Robert Frost Elementary school in Mount Prospect near Chicago. The bully allegedly hit, punched, choked, elbowed, kicked, and pushed the on a weekly basis, according to documents filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Legal papers say there was continuous bullying throughout the 2013-14 school year.

According to FOX News, the lawsuit seeks $50,000 in damages from the alleged bully, his parents, the school district and Robert Frost’s principal. Deveri and Matthew Del Core said their son, Joaquin, was the victim of the bullying. FOX News writes:

“The lawsuit accuses the alleged bully’s parents of failing to discipline their child to stop the behavior.”

Although the students attended the same elementary school, the two boys were in different classes. The lawsuit also names the Wheeling-based Community Consolidated School District 21. Deveri Del Core told NBC News:

“There was everything from choking my son and threatening to kill him, said he was going to go home and get a knife and come back and kill him … My son would wake up at night screaming and crying, terrified, and did not want to go to school.”

All parties were notified of the reported incidents and failed to provide protection to the Del Core family, according to the lawsuit, which claims assault and battery, negligence and failure to provide adequate security.

The parents sued in the third-grade bully case could not be reached for comment. The lawsuit claims that the they failed to discipline their child to stop the behavior. Court documents allege that even after they provided medical attention to their son, the defendants did nothing.

The school district issued a statement Wednesday saying:

“As a district, and at each of our schools, we value the safety and security of each and every one of our students and staff members and take bullying prevention very seriously. We work diligently to provide a healthy, productive environment for all of our students to learn and grow.”

Mount Prospect Police Officer Greg Sill said Del Core filed four police reports alleging the bullying incidents, twice calling for help from the school and the other times by going to the police station. Sill stated:

“The resolution on all of the cases were that the school was going to handle it or (by) the parents speaking with each other. The parent who called each and every time was looking for documentation only.”

The police reports were filed on March 19, May 9, May 17 and June 2, Sill said.

The parents who are suing the third grade bully listed listed 12 incidents of violence, dating from February to June. Del Core’s son was allegedly elbowed on the forehead on May 27 and told “he was stupid for reporting the incidents to the police,” according to court documents.