A hearing was held last week in Calhoun Circuit Court on a bullying and harassment civil case involving a student at Calhoun Middle-High School.

A Calhoun County mother and her minor son alleges that the school board and principal failed to stop student bullying.

HS, a minor by and through his parent Melissa Starcher filed a complaint July 27 in Calhoun Circuit Court against Calhoun County Board of Education and Calhoun County Middle/High School Principal Melanie B. Arthur alleging negligence and other counts.

Attorney Kevin S. Kaufman told the Hur Herald he will be releasing a statement about the case, while Calhoun Superintendent of Schools Kelli Whytsell said she would be unable to comment on a civil lawsuit.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that HS was a victim of "consistent and repeated acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and sexual assault" from several students while attending Calhoun County Middle/High School.

The plaintiffs allege that it is their belief that the bullying students have not been disciplined.

The plaintiffs hold Calhoun County Board of Education and Arthur responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to keep the school free from harassment, intimidation and bullying.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs, attorney's fees and such other fair and just relief. They are represented by Kevin S. Kaufman of Kaufman & McPherson PLLC in Bridgeport.

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