A mother has said she will sue a school district and several teachers after one allegedly threatened to kill her out gay son.
The mother of a student in the state of Oregon, has filed the lawsuit after she says he was bullied at his high school.
Shawna Dicintio alleges in the federal lawsuit that the teacher, Brett Trosclair, who teaches at Century High School in Hillsboro, threatened to throw her son, and another student, down some stairs.
The lawsuit also alleges that the dean of students declined to help her son when he was being physically and verbally attacked at lunchtime.
The Oregonian reports that the dean of students told him to “stop being a diva and a priss.”
The boy is only identified as JD in the lawsuit, but reports from last year named him as Jeffrey Dicintio.
A report from KATU TV last year saw Dicintio and his friend Kieshon Averette talking about the alleged incident.
“A teacher turned around and told Kieshon to shut up and said that he was going to kill Kieshon. And we were like ‘What?’ And he told Kieshon he was going to throw him down a flight of stairs,” said Dicintio in the report.
“I said, ‘You’re going to throw us down a flight of stairs?’, and he said, ‘Twice.'”
The teacher named, Trosclair, was placed on administrative leave during an investigation, but some students backed him, saying he was often sarcastic, but that he was only joking.
Some even staged a walkout, and a Facebook page was started in support of the teacher.
Dicintio’s mother said he was subjected to death threats as a result of the campaign to have the teacher reinstated.
Following the “diva and priss” comments, and when Dicintio complained in 2014, the school board said it was reviewing its anti-bullying policies.
However the concerned mother says they have not done enough, and says her son has been subjected to “emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, stress and fear.”
Check out KATU 2’s report from last year below: