Lawsuit alleges West Ashley teacher gay bashed student to suicide attempt

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Charleston County School District has been named in a lawsuit filed in Charleston County courts that allege a math teacher bullied a gay student to the point he attempted suicide.

According to court filings from Aug. 30, the West Ashley High School math teacher is not named as a defendant but his name fills the pages in the filing, alleging during the spring, he told called the plaintiff gay in front of other students on a daily basis.

The student's attorney said the 16-year-old student is still undergoing treatment and has withdrawn from school to be home-schooled.

The student was called "gay," "gay boy," "Mrs. Pete," and "Mrs. Peter," according to the lawsuit.

The suit alleges the teacher also encouraged other members of the class to pick on and belittle the plaintiff. The student reportedly felt like he could not report the bullying to school administrators and "could not appeal to any of his classmates due to the alienation and isolation."

The bullying got so bad the student tried to take his own life by hanging, the suit alleges.

The suit is seeking actual damages and for a trial by jury. It names the school system because it alleges administrators failed to prevent, discover or stop the teacher's actions.

The student's attorney says the district has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit. The attorney said he would not comment further on the case because of its sensitive nature. No criminal charges have been filed against the teacher.

The school district declined comment on Friday afternoon.