Leander mother files lawsuit after daughter's suicide

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News

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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 5:21 PM

LEANDER, Texas -- A Leander mother is taking legal action against Leander Independent School District for the second time. She claims they didn't do enough to prevent her daughter's suicide in 2011.

On April 4, 2011, Leander High School freshman Meagan Kandis shot herself in a school bathroom.

Among other things, Angela Kandis is asking the district to implement a third party anti-bullying program and for school employees to undergo "diversity training." She says there were obvious warning signs leading up to her daughter Meagan's suicide, but the district ignored them.

According to the lawsuit, in the weeks leading up to her death Meagan's grades dropped dramatically. She went from passing every class to all failing grades.

Also, the suit claims Meagan stopped caring about her appearance. It states she wouldn't brush her teeth, do her hair, or put on makeup as she typically did. Angela says she reached out to school staff and counselors for help but says nothing was done.

The morning of her death Meagan was "seen in the halls to be crying a lot, throwing up, hugging people and telling them she was sorry," the lawsuit explains. She asked her teacher to go to the nurse's office but instead went to the bathroom, and shot herself with a gun she'd been carrying in her backpack all morning.

The lawsuit claims Meagan and her friends were bullied at school and now her mother is asking for more action from the district so that this doesn't happen again.

A year ago Angela filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. It ruled in favor of the school district, saying it was in no way responsible for Meagan's death.

A spokesperson for the district says they cannot comment on pending litigation but says the district has already taken a proactive approach to stop bullying. The district implemented a bullying prevention program called "C2" and also held forums on suicide prevention and anti-bullying. They also claim students have access to an anonymous hotline through a program called Talk About It.

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