Asher Brown: Parent's Lawsuit Details the Alleged Bullying That Led to Suicide
A lawsuit that accuses the Cy-Fair school district of intentionally destroying or hiding evidence has detailed the bullying that 13-year-old Asher Brown went through before he took his life, at least according to his mother.
Brown's death drew national attention as part of a series of incidents where students wee bullied or harassed because they were or were thought to be gay. Brown shot himself one day after school, the same day, his parents told reporters, that he had told them he was gay.
Brown's mother, Amy Brown Truong, has filed a suit in federal court here in Houston. In it, she says she and her husband called and visited Hamilton Middle School countless times to complain about the bullying of Asher; Cy-Fair ISD, in its only statement on the incident, says no evidence -- either security video or documentation -- exists of such contacts.
The suit says "School staff destroyed or have hidden the 'Visitor Log-In Sheets' and videos, showing [father] David Truong entering the school district to speak with staff about his concerns and the written and oral complaints made by Asher and videos of Asher being bullied in the school bus and on other parts of the school grounds."
The suit includes numerous descriptions of bullying incidents around the country, and also details what allegedly happened to Asher.
On numerous occasions someone woul drun up to Asher when he was running trac, and a student would stop in front of Asher, so that Asher would run into that bou and simulate anal intercourse. The someone would call out "Hey faggot, quit tryijng to f@lk me." "Her guys, Asher is trying too butt f@lk me." On many occasions these incidents were often observed by Physical Education and coaching staff.
Asher's religion was also atarget, the suit says:
Also on numerous occasions Asher would be tying his shoe lace and D.K., D.H. K.C. and another D.K. would come up behind him, simulate anal sex and yell out "You like this don't you? You f@lking faggot. Is this what Buddha does to you guys, doesn't he? Have you f@lked Buddha today, Boodie boy?"
The suit claims one of the main tormentors, who has since left the district "because he was receiving threats from other students," was punished by being forced to miss one football game.
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