Family Sues Yucaipa School, Push for New Law Fighting Bullying after 13-Year-Old Commits Suicide

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REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) — The family of a 13-year-old Southern California girl who took her own life says they will sue the school district and push for a new law aimed at fighting bullying.

Family members of Rosalie Avila announced their intention to file a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday, claiming the Yucaipa-Calimesa School District did not do enough to protect Avila from bullying.

Avila attempted suicide in late November and died a few days later at the hospital.

The family's attorney Brian Claypool told the Redlands Daily Facts that they plan to create Rosie's Law, requiring schools to document bullying claims and notify parents.

District officials say their thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family. Officials say the district is cooperating with authorities, and it's conducting an internal investigation as well.