Ind. Jury Finds School District Liable In Bullying Case (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM EDT

INDIANA (21Alive) -- An Indiana jury found a school district liable for not doing anything to protect a student from bullying, setting a precedent with their verdict.

Molly McCoy and her family received $50,000 from a suit against South Madison Community Schools. Students posted a photo-shopped sexually-suggestive picture of McCoy around Pendelton Heights High School. The image included her cell phone number.

McCoy says she was hurt by fellow student and by the lack of action from teachers and staff.

"Not having support of people you'd think were there to support you - teachers, the school, I just felt I was alone at the time," Molly said.

"We're not saying necessarily you can prevent what walked in that school, but you sure can with your reactions and follow-up to it, and they did very little of either," McCoy's mother said.

A new state law requires schools to have bullying policies that they adhere to.

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