A California school district has agreed to pay $27 million to the family of an eighth-grader who died in a bullying incident four years ago. he lawyers representing the family of Diego Stolz announced the settlement Wednesday. Diego Stolz was 13 years old when he died. A graphic video of the attack that took his life showed the moment two teenage boys attacked him at Moreno Valley Unified School District’s Landmark Middle School.
In a graphic video of his attack a kid sucker punches him in the back of the head. Stolz goes down immediately and hits his head against a pillar. Stolz suffered a traumatic brain injury and died nine days later. Stolz’s family sued the Moreno Valley Unified School District, alleging he was a regular victim of bullying and the school was aware of the ongoing harassment he was facing.
The family’s attorneys say school administrators promised family members and Diego that the boys who were harassing and bullying him would be suspended and that the school was “taking care” of the problem. But when Diego arrived at school days later, he found that the boys were not suspended and the bullying began again, reaching new highs as they physically assaulted him for what would be the final time.
The Moreno Valley Unified School District did not comment on the settlement and told the AP it did not intend to do so.