Mercer County School District Files Motion To Dismiss Carlson Lawsuit

The Mercer County School District seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them stemming from the death of a 15-year old student last year. The 15-page motion was filed this week in Mercer County Circuit Court. No hearing date has been scheduled. In her four-count suit filed in March, Bridget Carlson alleges her daughter—Valerie Carlson was harassed by students for her manner of dress, hairstyle and sexual orientation, which eventually led to her suicide in March of last year.  The lawsuit also alleges the district did not contact health care providers or the mother after receiving reports that the girl “had cut marks on her person”. Each count seeks an amount exceeding $50,000 for “loss of society, grief, sorrow and emotional distress.”