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Family of teen who took his own life say Chicago Latin School knew about their son’s bullying – NBC Chicago

The parents of Nathan Bronstein, the 15-year-old boy who killed himself in January, say the Latin School in Chicago knew about their son’s massive bullying before his suicide and that school officials called the issues of “family issues,” according to one lawsuit.

On January 13 at around 9:30 p.m., Rob Bronstein, Nathan’s father, found his son hanging from the showerhead with a cord wrapped around his neck like a noose, the lawsuit said.

Rob Bronstein and his 17-year-old daughter started CPR before Nathan was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Rob and Rose Bronstein said Nathan had only been in school for a few months, but had been bullied online and in person during that time.

“He was only [at Latin] for the semester, but it was really awful from the get-go and what he was exposed to was unimaginable, and now here we are,” Rob Bronstein said.

According to the lawsuit, Nathan made an official report of the bullying at the elite Chicago school, but there was no investigation and his parents were not notified.

“He wore this – he wore it with him all through January 13 and we had no idea,” Rose Bronstein said. “And he was carrying all this pain and all the insults and obscenities from this large group of students and we didn’t know about it until two weeks after he killed himself.”

“If they had warned us and we would have known, I know he would still be here today,” continued Rose Bronstein.

Although she was unaware of any specific cases, the mother-of-three was aware of her son’s struggles and contacted Latina employees more than 30 times between October and November 2021 to ask for help. help, according to the lawsuit.

The Latin School of Chicago released the following statement in response:

Our school community is deeply saddened by the tragic and untimely passing of one of its students. It is a loss that affects our entire community. Our thoughts are with the family and we wish them healing and peace. Regarding their prosecution, however, the allegations of wrongdoing by school officials are inaccurate and misplaced. The faculty and staff at the school are compassionate people who put the interests of the students first, as they did in this case. Although we will not, at this time, comment on any specific allegations in this difficult case, the school will vigorously defend itself, its faculty and staff against these unsubstantiated allegations.

Latin school officials, as well as the parents of the students involved in the bullying, face multiple charges, including wrongful death, survival/intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress , the law on parental responsibility and breach of contract.

If Rob and Rose Bronstein were successful in their lawsuit, the couple said they would donate the winnings to an anti-cyberbullying organization in hopes their case could prevent someone else from suffering the same tragedy.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: Here is suicide prevention information provided by the National Institute of Mental Health. If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “Home” to 741741.

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