Two administrators have been replaced at the SouthernCalifornia middle school where a 13-year-oldboy died after allegedly being assaulted by two other students, district officials confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.
At a school board meeting Tuesday, Moreno Valley Unified school officials announced the replacements forLandmark Middle Schools principal and assistant principal, according to a statement that district officials sent to Fox News.
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The statement said the school board and superintendent want to provide students with the best academic, social and emotional experience while they are in our schools. They understand that each school has unique needs, and want to better address those needs at each school.
The announcement came just one day after the family ofDiego Stolz filed a 0 million legal claim against the district, FOX 11of Los Angeles reported. The filing alleges that the boy died asa result of being bullied and asserts that the district failed to take bullying complaints by Diegos family seriously and failed to enforce anti-bullying policies to protect its students.
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When Fox News asked if the changes resulted from the violent incident at the middle school that led to Diegos death, a district spokeswoman said, We wanted to bring new ideas and fresh perspective to the school community.
Dave Ring, a lawyer representing the boys family, told reporters Tuesday that three days before the Sept. 16 attack that cost the teen his life, hisadult sistermet with Landmark Middle Schools assistant principal to discuss the bullying he was undergoing.
The administrator reportedly assured Diego that thebullies would besuspended starting Monday, Sept. 16. However, the boys alleged tormentersshowed up to school that day.Hours later, two boys allegedly sucker-punched Diego. Video of the attack shared on social media showed hishead hit a concrete pillar as he fell to the ground. The first teen then reportedly punched Diego a third time before running away.
The boy was taken to a hospital but was removed from life support nine days later.
Ring said the school knew that Diego was targeted to be beat up and was told by a teacher, Diegosadult sister and Diego himself days before he was attacked and they allowed this to happen.
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According to the attorney, Diego was physically accosted by these bullies on the Thursday before the attack andhad been bullied the entire year before as well. Ring said Diegos family had complained several times to the administration and nothing was done.
I dont believe the bullies were ever talked to, Ring said. My information is that the assistant principal did absolutely nothing with that information ever.
“I don’t believe the bullies were ever talked to. My information is that the assistant principal did absolutely nothing with that information — ever.”— Dave Ring, lawyer representing dead boy's family
Ring said the death could have been prevented if this school took bullying seriously.
Landmark Middle Schools new principal Rafael Garcia started Wednesday, according to the statement sent to Fox News.Garcia was the districts coordinator for child welfare and attendance before becoming the middle schools principal. On Monday, the schools two new assistant principals will begin their new roles at the school.
FOX 11 reported that the district has denied all liability in Diegos death, saying that thetwo boys who attacked and killed Diego are responsible for this death.
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Earlier this month the two 13-year-old boys, who have not been publicly identified because theyre minors, were each chargedwith one count ofvoluntary manslaughter.
Moreno Valley is about 64 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.B:
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