In the Audrie Pott lawsuit, a 15-year-old girl has been added to the list of defendants. The girl is accused of encouraging several teen boys to sexually assault Audrie while she was passed out drunk. Audrie later committed suicide, following social media harassment about the incident.
As reported by the Sydney Herald, 15-year-old Audrie was found dead in September 2012. Her death was ruled a suicide. According to authorities, Audrie was attending a party with numerous classmates a week earlier. When she passed out after drinking, she was assaulted.
The teens reportedly removed Audrie’s clothing, drew on her body with a black marker, and sexually assaulted her. The teens took pictures of the assault with their mobile phones, later sharing the photos publicly via social media.
Audrie Pott confronted the boys about the evening. However, they continued to harass her. Audrie discussed the incident on Facebook:
“I have a reputation for a night I don’t even remember and the whole school knows… I cried when I found out what they did.”
Following Audrie’s suicide, her parents filed a lawsuit against three teen boys, and an adult couple who owned the home where the assault occurred. As reported by Mercury News, the charges include defamation, wrongful death, and battery.
Criminal charges, including possession of child pornography and sexual battery, were also filed against the teen boys.
A 15-year-old girl has now been added to the civil suit. The girl, identified as Jane C, is accused of contributing to the assault. The lawsuit alleges that Jane C encouraged the boys to assault Audrie and to take pictures of the incident.
Audrie’s parents have criticized the Saratoga High School staff for ignoring the bullying. They contend that they discussed the matter with school officials, but nothing was done.
Representatives from the school contend that “the issue of bullying was not the subject covered in those conversations”.
Audrie Pott’s suicide is a heartbreaking reminder of the danger of bullying. Her case has brought national attention to an ongoing problem that continues to destroy lives.