Mother sues school bullies who tormented her blind daughter


Bullied: Caitlin Rocco

A FED up New York mother is suing the pupils who cruelly bullied her legally blind daughter.

Marah Rocco, from Queens, is preparing to file a lawsuit against the bullies who drove her 16-year-old daughter Caitlin towards thoughts of suicide.

“Parents need to be clear that if their children are bullying they need to stop,” Howard Beach mom Marah Rocco said Wednesday, adding that the bullies’ parents should be held accountable.

“Bullies are often bullied at home. This is learned behavior.”

Caitlin Rocco, 16, said that bullies have threatened her with rape and murder and that their parents should rein in their kids.

Rocco family attorney Tedd Kessler said he plans to file suit in Brooklyn Supreme Court against the cruelest and most relentless bullies and their parents.

The suit will also name the Department of Education as a defendant.

“The parents need to tell their children to stop harassing this young lady,” Kessler said. “Our position is that the parents are responsible for the actions of their children.”

Caitlin has faced bullying since middle school, and administrators even had her skip a grade in an attempt to settle her among kinder classmates — but it didn’t work.

Marah had to take Caitlin to the hospital twice last year when the teen became so depressed about the bullying that she considered killing herself.
Her suicidal thoughts were strong enough on one visit that the teen had to be hospitalized for an entire weekend.

“My daughter is legally blind. She has had her glasses ripped off her face and thrown broken to the floor,” said mom Marah, who also blamed Scholars Academy in Rockaway Beach for not resolving the problem.

“The school waits out the victims, because the students who are bullied either graduate, they drop out — or they commit suicide,” Marah said. “My question is: How many dead children do we have to have before this country takes bullying seriously?”

Marah likened her daughter’s bullying to the current Miami Dolphins scandal involving accused bully player Richie Incognito.


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