The New York Post is reporting today that the mother of a 12-year-old boy, who committed suicide last year because he was being bullied, is suing the Department Of Education. Police say, Joel Morales was found hanging in the shower by his mother in their East Harlem apartment. Now, his mother, Lisbeth Babilonia wants someone held responsible.
Joel Morales bullying-suicide timeline
Joel Morales is constantly being bullied by classmates over his short stature, his problem with stuttering and his high intelligence. The boys taunt Joel about his dead father, who also committed suicide by jumping from a building 12 years prior, according to the New York Post.
Lisbeth Babilonia complains to the school continuously, but the bullying continues.
The mother eventually transfers her son to another school, but the boys find out where he is located and continue to follow him home after school.
Lisbeth Babilonia asks to be transferred to another housing unit, but the request is denied.
The bullying continues. The boys arrive at the housing unit and throw sticks and other articles at the door of Joel Morales' home.
Tuesday, May 29,
Lisbeth Babilonia walks into the bathroom and finds her son hanging in the shower. Frantic, she grabs a knife and cuts her son down from the rod.
Neighbors are alerted when they hear what is described as "blood-curdling screams." Neighbor Inez Rodriquez arrives at the apartment and finds Lisbeth cutting herself with the knife.
When police arrive at the apartment located at the Jefferson Houses, no suicide note is found.
Thursday, May 29
3:00 p.m. Family and friends of Joel Morales arrive at the First Spanish Baptist Church for his wake.
7:00 p.m. The funeral begins. Joel lays in the coffin in a white suit. After the funeral, family and friends walk the neighborhood during a candlelight vigil, according to the DNAINFO New York.
News media reports that Lisbeth Babilonia is suing the Department of Eduction, the city and the four classmates. The boys are listed in the suit under the names Kenneth, Stephen, Omar and Elijah ‘Doe,' according to the Daily Mail.
Joel Morales has a Facebook page dedicated to his memory.