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PENDLETON, IN (WTHR/NBC) - A jury has awarded $50,000 in damages to a Pendleton, IN, woman who sued her school for failing to protect her from bullies.
For years, Molly McCoy and her family didn't talk publicly about the pain from bullying that happened inside Pendleton Heights High School in 2008.
"Someone came up to me and said, 'Have you seen the picture of you?' and I said, 'What picture?'" McCoy explained.
It was a Photoshopped, sexually suggestive picture on flyers posted in hallways and bathrooms throughout the school.
"My actual phone number was at the bottom, and it said 'Call for a good time,'" McCoy said.
What hurt worse than the student bullying, the McCoys said, was the response from school leaders. McCoy claims she was told to go back to class after reporting it, that the flyers were left hanging up, her parents were not called and she was never offered counseling.
The McCoys say the district didn't do enough to protect her. Jurors said they thought the school's testimony was inconsistent and found in favor of the McCoys.
"[The district] did not follow their own policies and procedures in their own handbook and that's what they were found liable for," said Molly McCoy's mom, Jennifer McCoy.