A Chicago-area fourth-grader is suing a school bully who allegedly choked, kicked and threatened him throughout the school year. The boy’s mother, a cafeteria worker at the school, says she was fired within hours of filing the suit.
Joaquin Del Core’s parents filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday on behalf of their son.
The family says Del Core was targeted at Robert Frost Elementary School in Mount Prospect from 2013 to 2014, when both boys were in third grade. They seek $50,000 in damages.
His mother, Deveri Del Core, says she received a termination letter from the school saying that she was being fired "at the request of the client” because her actions “have been detrimental to the physical and mental well-being of students and staff.”
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The boy’s parents said they filed multiple police reports and met with school officials about the bullying but nothing was done to stop the weekly attacks.
"There was everything from him choking my son and threatening to kill him, said he was going to go home and get a knife and come back and kill him," Deveri Del Core told NBC Chicago. "My son would wake up at night screaming and crying, terrified and did not want to go to school."
"He has committed multiple assaults, multiple batteries, on my client," the family’s attorney, Joel Handler. "Since the school's not going to address it, and the parent[s] presumably are not going to address it, then we are going to have to address it."
Late Tuesday Handler said that he would amend the complaint to include a charge of retaliatory discharge for firing the boy’s mother.
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He said he would go so far as to garnish the defendant’s future earnings if monetary damages were not recovered.
"That (potential) judgment is good for 20 years," he said. "As long as we know where he is, we would be enforcing the judgment against him."
Deveri Del Core said she believes the complaint will also help the accused.
"This isn't just about our son anymore," she said. "This is about the child that's been bullying our son, that he gets the help that he needs, and that the school provides it for him."
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