Diego Stolz Wiki – Diego Stolz Biography
The settlement, which was finalized Wednesday, comes after the family of 13-year-old Diego Stolz filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing the Moreno Valley Unified School District of failing to adequately respond to earlier complaints that the boy He was being bullied by his fellow students. at Landmark Middle School, according to a statement from the law firm Taylor & Ring. The brutal September 2019 attack, which was captured on video, shows the moment two teenagers confronted Stolz in the school cafeteria, the statement said. In the clip, Stolz is seen with his hands at his sides before one of the thugs punches him, knocking Stolz to the ground, where his head hits a concrete pillar. One of the thugs continues to beat Stolz while he is lying on the ground. Stolz suffered a traumatic brain injury and died nine days later. According to the statement, Stolz’s relatives said the boy was a frequent victim of bullying and filed a lawsuit shortly after his death, which they say could be prevented if the school had an anti-bullying policy.
Diego Stolz was 13 years old.
California school district pays $27M to settle suit over death of teen assaulted by fellow students
The boy’s family claimed that a day before the attack, the eighth-grade boy sought help from his science teacher after being punched in the head, according to the statement. Officials apparently promised to review the footage to find out who did it, but that never happened. On the day of the fatal attack, one of Stolz’s relatives accompanied the boy to see the vice principal, who allegedly said he knew who the bullies were and that they would receive suspensions for their actions, according to the statement. “The vice principal also promised to change the schedules of those children so that they would not have classes with Diego,” the statement said. “That Friday he sent Diego home early, believing he would be safe. When Diego returned to school on Monday, September 16, 2019, the bullies had not been suspended and the security footage had not yet been reviewed.” “Neither Diego nor his guardians were informed of this,” the statement continues. “They certainly never reported it to any law enforcement agency.”
The two 13-year-old boys accused of beating Stolz to death spent 47 days in juvenile custody after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, according to KTLA and NBC Los Angeles. According to CBS News, they were also ordered to undergo anger management therapy. The victory was billed in the law firm’s statement as the “largest bullying settlement in American history.” “The family will always be heartbroken by Diego’s death, but they hope this case sparks change in school districts across the country,” says Dave Ring, an attorney representing the family. “Schools must realize that bullying can never be tolerated and that any reports of bullying or assault must be taken seriously,” he adds. “Diego’s death could have been prevented if this school had simply prioritized an anti-bullying policy.” According to CBS News, the district previously said it has since changed its harassment reporting system and employee training, and replaced the school’s principal and assistant principal.