YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY/AP) - A trial for lawsuit filed by the mother of a high school freshman who committed suicide in 2010 began Tuesday.
Alise Williams claims in the wrongful-death lawsuit that York County school and law enforcement officials failed to protect her son, Christian Taylor, from a bully.
Williams says officials failed to act after she reported in early May of 2010 that Christian was being bullied by another Grafton High School student. Christian hanged himself May 31, 2010.
The lawsuit lists defendants as Grafton principal Paul Hopkins, assistant principals Craig Reed and Karen Fahringer, counselor Joseph Erfe and Ralph Hood, a school resource officer and York-Poquoson sheriff's deputy.
The trial is expected to last four days.
Tuesday, a number of Taylor's classmates testified in court about the bullying acts they witnessed against him. Lawyers for the school system tried to paint Taylor as having emotional problems outside of school.
If Williams proves school officials can be held accountable, the case could have national implications in bullying cases.
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