Six boys at Gunn High School have been attacked on campus, called the n-word and bullied repeatedly and viciously by other students this school year, according to legal claims filed against the Palo Alto Unified School District by six families.
The school’s principal and assistant principal have failed to stop the abuse, which is ongoing, the parents say in the claims.
The six identical claims by six parents, filed by attorney Seth Rosenberg, are a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit.
The bullying began on the first day of school when one student threw fruit at the back of another student’s head, the parents’ claims say. A black student was called the n-word, and another student was called gay, the claim says.
Principal Wendy Stratton said she is unable comment on the allegations because of an active investigation.
The parents are named in the claims, which are a public record. But the Post has decided not to name the parents because it might identify the alleged victims.
One boy ended up in the ER
One student says two other students attacked him in the bathroom before school on Oct. 5 because he snitched. He screamed for help, but none came, the claim says. He later went to the emergency room with a bleeding ear, the claim says.
Another student says four or five other students ambushed him in the locker room, leading to headaches, back pain, cuts on his lip and his head and a hematoma.
“These students not only pummeled (the student) with fists and kicks, but recorded it on video and shared it on social media far and wide,” the claim says.
The bullies also slapped the rear ends of girls and “verbally harassed them with sexual advances,” the claim says.
Three of the boys went to Assistant Principal Leonel Argumedo to report the bully in September, but they said the issue wasn’t addressed. They then went to Stratton, and the parents got involved.
“At this time, parents of these students were called and GHS administration members provided verbal assurances that the students were safe and that the situation was being properly managed,” the claim says. “Sadly, the incessant bullying and harassment continued.”
Boys called snitches
The bullies called the boys snitches in text messages and taunted them at school, followed by the assaults, the claim says. The bullies were suspended, but they continued to threaten and insult the students.
Gunn’s response was to have the boys who were being bullied “check in” with the school when they went to certain school events and only used certain designated bathrooms, the claim says.
“The plans were not designed to solve the problem, but to try and avoid the problem,” the claim says.
The boys, fearing for their safety, stayed home from school and returned on Oct. 20, the claim says.
“The problems caused by GHS’s staff’s negligent supervision are ongoing and pervasive,” the claim says.