The Glendale Unified school board on Tuesday rejected a $2-million claim filed against the district by the parents of Drew Ferraro, who jumped to his death at Crescenta Valley High School in February.
John and Deana Ferraro are seeking $1 million for the wrongful death of Drew and $1 million for emotional distress, according to the claim, which was filed July 23.
With the claim rejected, the stage is set for a lawsuit.
The Ferraros allege in their claim that the district failed to “prevent the constant bullying” of their 15-year-old son, that they weren’t warned of the potential of suicide and that officials did not “take steps to prevent it.”
They also allege the district did not “institute any plan or course of action to educate staff and students about bullying and ways to prevent it,” according to the claim.
Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan declined to elaborate on the district’s decision to reject the claim, citing pending litigation.