City of Carmel sued for not stopping bullying at summer camp

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A Carmel family has filed a lawsuit against the City of Carmel for not stopping bullying and assaults that allegedly occurred at a Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation camp this summer.

The lawsuit states that an 8-year-old girl was subjected to various forms of bullying and pseudosexual assault by at least one other child who was attending the camp between June 8 and Aug. 1. The victim’s mother alerted camp staff members about the incidents, the lawsuit states, and they told her that they were taking measures to protect her child.

The lawsuit seeks $700,000 from the city for each cause of action and punitive damages. It states that the victim is continuing to suffer from mental injuries from the alleged incidents and that her mother has suffered mental anguish and distress and monetary damages in lost wages and treatments for her daughter.

“Carmel failed to provide proper supervision and training of its employees and should be held vicariously liable for the actions of its employee as they were within the scope of their employment with Carmel,” the lawsuit states.

Westfield-based attorney Timothy R. Stoesz is representing the victim and her family.

City of Carmel spokesperson Dan McFeely said officials could not comment on pending litigation.


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