For months, 12-year-old Mallory Grossman received the taunts in text messages, Instagram posts and Snapchats.
She was a loser, they told her. She had no friends. At one point, according to an attorney for Mallory’s family, the girls even asked her, “Why don’t you kill yourself?”
In the classrooms and hallways of her middle school in Rockaway Township, N.J., the group of sixth grade girls continued to torment her. They would tease Mallory, give her dirty looks and snub her, shooing her away from their lunch table.
The taunts, her parents say, soon took a toll on the lively young cheerleader and gymnast. At school, Mallory’s grades deteriorated. At home, she complained of constant headaches and stomach pain. She begged to stay home from school.
After the bullying began in October of last year, Mallory’s parents spoke to her teachers, counselors and school administrators – along with the students’ parents – pleading with them to help put an end to the…
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