His uncle and aunt have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Moreno Valley Unified School District.
A little boy who was being bullied decided to do the right thing and seek help. So, he told his middle school officials about it and hoped that would be the end of it. But, a mere two weeks later, the boy was killed. Diego Stolz, 13, died after he was punched and abused by two teenagers at Moreno Valley Unified School District, California, US. Stolz, who has no parents, was raised by his aunt and uncle Juana and Felipe Salcedo. According to them, Stolz and his teacher had lodged a complaint about the bullying just four days before the incident. According to People, Stolz was relieved that he'd finally opened up and told someone about the trauma he'd been going through.
Diego Stolz told asst. principal he was being bullied by classmates; 3 days later, he was fatally sucker punched on campus, family says in legal claim against Moreno Valley school district https://t.co/S07ivhExFT— KTLA (@KTLA) October 29, 2019
“He was so relieved that he had talked to someone,” Stolz’s cousin Jazmin said at a news conference on Tuesday. “We were on our drive back home, and I turned around and I told him, ‘I’m always going to defend you. You know that, right?’ And he nodded his head, ‘I know.'” Two weeks later, Diego became a victim of bullying as he lost his life. During the press conference on Tuesday, Diego’s family announced that they were filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Moreno Valley Unified School District.
The family of 13yo Diego Stolz - who died after being punched in a viral video ‘bullying’ attack has filed a claim against Moreno Valley School District. Lawyers say the school knew days before about the attack and did nothing. MVUSD says it disagrees with the claims. @KFIAM640 pic.twitter.com/RztrZOa2bs— Corbin Carson (@CorbinCarson) October 29, 2019
His family has accused the district of failing to adequately respond to Diego’s complaint. “That’s what’s unbelievably devastating to this family, that this could have been prevented,” the family’s attorney, Dave Ring, said. “It could have been prevented if this school took bullying seriously.” Shockingly, the bullies and Diego were once friends. For reasons unknown, they began bullying him in the seventh grade.
Now: News conference beginning to announce a $100M lawsuit to be filed against the Moreno Valley Unified School District for the wrongful death of Diego Stolz. The boy, 13, died in September following a bullying incident at Landmark Middle School #NBCLA pic.twitter.com/GDBRW93RIt— Rick Montanez (@RickNBCLA) October 29, 2019
The two 13-year-old boys have been charged with voluntary manslaughter and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. According to the suit, when Diego reported being “verbally and physically” bullied by the group of boys to Landmark Middle School’s vice principal on September 13th, he was told he could take off the following day of school, which was a Friday, and return on Monday. Meanwhile, the boys would be suspended for three days, beginning that Monday, and would have their class schedules changed.
My prayers go out to the family of Diego Stolz, a 13-year-old who died last month as a result of being sucker punched by classmates days after he told administration he was being bullied. Truly a terrible tragedy. Bullying should never be dismissed.— bri♐️ (@brnncrtr) October 30, 2019
But that did not happen. The suit alleges that when Diego returned to class on September 16, his bullies were still there. During lunch the same day, Diego was brutally attacked by his bullies. It seems to be unclear if the boys did this because Deigo had gone to the officials to complain about them. The cellphone video taken of the attack shows Diego hitting his head on a pillar after being sucker-punched. Nine days later, he was pronounced clinically dead and taken off of life support.
The family says 13-year-old Diego Stolz and an adult met with an assistant principal to complain about bullying. After being told the bullies would be suspended, Diego came back to school one last time.— KUTV 2News (@KUTV2News) October 30, 2019
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Moreno Valley school district spokeswoman Anahi Velasco, through a statement, to KLTA, denied the district did any wrongdoing. "The two boys who attacked and killed Diego are responsible for this death," Velasco wrote in an email to the station. "Bullying in schools is a national issue. This issue constitutes a shared responsibility amongst parents, students, school district personnel, community leaders and law enforcement," she said.
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of #DiegoStolz who was killed by bullies @ his #MorenoVallwy #California school. An adult cousin had gone w/him to speak to the Principal regarding the bullying but nothing was done.#NoMore #bullying https://t.co/V4WXflJgBe— LM -pressed refresh on my life⭐🦝🌪️🚷🦻🏻 (@louisanamom) October 30, 2019
"Together, we need to send a resounding message these behaviors will not be tolerated in our schools. Keeping kids safe in schools is a high priority at MVUSD.” A vigil was held for Diego, during which several other students and their families shared similar complaints about bullying and accused the district of not taking appropriate action. Bullying is still an issue in schools and it needs to be tackled swiftly and efficiently before more lives are lost.
Diego Stolz was a skinny 13-year-old boy was sucker-punched on school grounds. He fell and hit his head on a concrete pillar and never regained consciousness. Nine days later the hospital removed him from life support. They all knew he was bullied https://t.co/bIo92AsNTR— The Deplorable Han Fastolfe 🙃🙃🙃 (@R_Daneel_0livaw) October 30, 2019