The parents of a Bergen County high school student have filed a lawsuit over an attack in the cafeteria that left their daughter badly beaten and bleeding with a torn earlobe.
Pedro and Stephanie Chevere claim in court papers their daughter was bullied by students at Bergenfield High School and viciously attacked in the lunchroom on Nov. 19, 2019.
During the attack, the victim’s earring was torn from her right ear, which tore her earlobe in half as the students continued to punch and kick her on the floor, states the suit, filed recently in Superior Court of Bergen County.
Instead of helping the girl, some students “recorded the violent assault on their smartphones with the purpose of humiliating (the victim) on social media,” the lawsuit claims.
The parents say in the suit the attack left their daughter with physical and emotional injuries and that she continues suffer from anxiety and permanent physical issues.
The Cheveres are suing the students, the school district and the borough. They claim the district and its insurers have refused to cover the girl’s medical expenses “despite repeated requests by plaintiffs.”
Bergenfield Schools Superintendent Christopher Tully did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Robert Zimmerer, an attorney for the borough, filed a motion last month in superior court to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that the Cheveres did not adequately state their claim. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for next week.
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