Mother of Rio Allred sues Elkhart Community Schools for wrongful death

Published: Sep. 3, 2022 at 1:46 PM EDT
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ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) - A lawsuit was filed against Elkhart Community Schools for wrongful actions that led to the death of 12-year-old Rio Allred.

The school district will be sued for Wrongful Death, Violating Title IX, and Violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

According to the family, prior to Rio taking her life, they had met with the school to inform them of what had been going on to Rio.

The family’s attorney, Thomas Blessing, told 16 News Now that even with documented proof of verbal and physical bullying, the school did nothing, and Rio committed suicide less than two weeks later.

Blessing said the family hopes that if legal action is taken, schools would be forced to do better.

“Meetings and forums, and town halls, and all this talk about, ‘we’re going to do this and we’re going to revise that, we’re going to bring all the teachers in and talk to them, and we’re going encourage students,’” Blessing said. “You know, all the usual platitudes. If you see something, say something, and be kind. And that’s all great, but what is it really accomplishing?”

According to Blessing, the family is suing for $4 million in compensation and hoping to encourage the school district to make serious changes so that another child won’t have to endure what Rio did.