Muldrow Schools, teacher sued over bullying incident
A former student at Muldrow High School has filed a lawsuit against the Muldrow Public Schools and a teacher in connection with an alleged bullying incident that occurred on Sept. 29, 2016.
The lawsuit was filed June 19 on behalf of George Christopher Brown, who was a student at Muldrow Schools during the 2016-2017 school year. Named in the lawsuit in addition to the school is Julie Boshers in her individual capacity.
The lawsuit was filed in Sequoyah County District Court by Roland attorney Jeff Edwards of the Flynn, Edwards and O'Neal law firm.
The lawsuit stems from an incident on Sept. 29, 2016, when “a student who had previously been reported to administrators by George Brown's parents as a person who had been bullying George Brown, challenged George Brown to a fight on the Muldrow High School grounds in a pavilion with a concrete floor,” according to the petition.
The petition said Brown fell victim to “severe, pervasive and abusive harassment, bullying, isolation, criticism, mocking and physical assault,” beginning in August 2016.
According to the information filed in the petition, Brown and his parents had reported the incidents of bullying to Muldrow Principal Steve Page.
“When the harassment and bullying behavior commenced in the fall of 2016, the District did not have a bullying policy nor harassment/bullying forms available for Brown or his parents to submit. Brown's parents made the reports directly and verbally to Brown's principal,” the petition said.
It's alleged in the petition that on Sept. 29, 2016, that during a lunch break, the reported bully, who is identified as Julie Bosher's son, Brooks Boshers, told his mother in the witness of several students that he was going to “assault and batter George Brown at the pavilion.”
At that time, the lawsuit says Julie Boshers was a teacher at Muldrow Schools and was on duty to ensure student safety. When her son informed her of his intentions, Julie Boshers' response was, “ do what you have to do.”
Brooks Boshers was reported to have proceeded to the pavilion on school grounds and asked his mother, who was the teacher on duty, to hold his things. Boshers then allegedly body slammed Brown onto a concrete slab and punched him in the back of his head.
“Defendant Julie Boshers, mother of the bully, took no action to try and prevent or stop the student bully from assaulting and brutally battering George Brown. Even though she was equipped with communications equipment, she made no attempts to call for assistance or help, the lawsuit said.
It is further claimed that Julie Boshers did nothing to stop the assault and never attempted to help or render assistance to Brown.
The petition claims the failure of Muldrow Schools, through its agents Superintendent Ron Flanagan, Principal Steve Page “to investigate and respond to actual knowledge of persistent physical and mental bullying and verbal personally demeaning harassment of Plaintiff was a willful and wanton neglect of the duty of care owed to Plaintiff.”
The lawsuit claims the defendants owed Brown a duty of ordinary care, saying Ron Flanagan and Steve Page breached that duty by failing to take action and respond to actual knowledge of bullying and harassing behavior of students towards Brown, after he and his parents reported specific incidents to the administration.
Julie Boshers is accused in the lawsuit of negligence due to her alleged failure to notify anyone of threats of harm made against Brown “because of her personal relationship with the bully, all to the detriment of Plaintiff George Brown by failure to seek help, intervene or render assistance, even after having knowledge of an impending assault and battery of Plaintiff George Brown.”
The lawsuit claims negligence on the part of the defendants due to reportedly not having a bullying policy in place as required by the Oklahoma Safe School and bullying Prevention Act.
Julie Boshers was charged with enabling child abuse by injury on Oct. 6, 2016. The case was dismissed without prejudice on Aug. 10, 2017.
Muldrow Superintendent Ron Flanagan said Monday he could not comment on pending litigation.