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Matthew Burdette lawsuit: 14-year-old commits suicide, parents file lawsuit

Matthew Burdette
Matthew Burdette
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Matthew Burdette's parents have filed a lawsuit following their son's suicide. According to The SpreadIt, Burdette's parents have filed a $1 million lawsuit against their son's school, claiming that the school didn't take proper action to protect Matthew and ultimately didn't help prevent his suicide. It all started back in Nov. 2013.

According to the report:

"Matthew Burdette was caught eating sunflower seeds, his teacher kicked him out of the class. The teen wandered in the hall way and eventually closed himself in the bathroom to masturbate. One of his classmates recorded the boy’s private activity and posted it online."

The Matthew Burdette lawsuit was filed months after the torture and subsequent suicide. You see, Matthew was harassed and ridiculed after the video of him pleasuring himself went viral. Rather than the school contacting the boy's parents and/or offering him support of any kind, the administration simply got the video taken down and moved on.

Matthew killed himself over Thanksgiving break. He left a note behind saying that he didn't have any friends and that he didn't want to go to school anymore -- presumably because of the humiliation and embarrassment he'd gone through in the weeks prior.

The lawsuit that followed Matthew Burdette's suicide is holding someone accountable -- or attempting to anyway. There is also a chance that the boy who filmed and posted the masturbation video will be charged in the case (via NewsMax). It's unknown if any one else is being investigated for possible charges.

The school district released the following statement on Monday:

"At San Diego Unified, the safety and well-being of our students is a top priority. The district also adheres to the privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations related to students, families and ongoing investigations. For this reason, the district cannot provide details about Matthew Burdette's death. Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with his family and loved ones."

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