MASON CITY, Iowa — A lawsuit accusing the Mason City Community Schools of doing nothing to protect a teenage student from bullying has been dismissed.
The lawsuit filed by Heather Conti on behalf of her daughter was dismissed Thursday. Online court records indicate that a Cerro Gordo County District Court judge granted the school district's motion for summary judgment.
The lawsuit filed in June 2012 said that during the previous school year, Angelina Conti suffered harassment “detrimental to her physical and mental health and substantially interfered with her academic performance.”
The lawsuit also said Angelina Conti received text messages and an early morning phone call threatening her with violence.
Heather Conti complained to school officials, who “took no action whatsoever to protect the teen,” her lawsuit said.
The Contis said they filed a police report but the harassment continued despite law enforcement's involvement.
The teen later open-enrolled in a neighboring school district to escape the bullying, her family said.
The school district has declined to comment on the case but has said the district enforces strict anti-bullying policies.
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