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Iowan takes bullying lawsuit to Iowa’s high court

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 10:58 a.m. CDT

MASON CITY (AP) — A woman has appealed her bullying lawsuit against the Mason City school district to the Iowa Supreme Court.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reported the lawsuit filed by Heather Conti on behalf of her teenage daughter was dismissed by a Cerro Gordo County District Court judge last month. The lawsuit filed in June 2012 says that during the previous school year, Angelina Conti suffered harassment that was “detrimental to her physical and mental health and substantially interfered with her academic performance.”

The lawsuit says that when Heather Conti complained to school officials, they took no action to protect the teenager.

The girl later open-enrolled in a neighboring district.

The Mason City district has declined to comment on the case but has said the district enforces strict anti-bullying policies.