A 19-year-old man is suing the elite Manhattan prep school he attended as a kid for allegedly failing to address persistent bullying he claims ultimately forced him to transfer to a public school.
Eric Giray, now a Brandeis University undergrad, alleges former schoolmate Daniel Dworakowski bullied him incessantly when they were both 12-year-old students at Calhoun prep, according to The New York Post.
He also claims the school did nothing to stop the relentless torment, though Giray suffered “serious bodily injuries” and emotional stress when Dworakowski allegedly pushed him down some bleachers, the complaint filed in Manhattan Supreme Court says.
Giray’s mother told the Post her son has trouble sleeping and suffers from constant anxiety because of his childhood bully. The lawsuit accuses the school of “failure to protect students,” negligence and failure to impose anti-bullying laws and rules, the Post reported.
The lawsuit claims Giray’s mother approached the school on multiple occasions about her son’s bullying but administrators did not act.
The alleged bullying continued relentlessly until the 2004 bleacher incident. The lawsuit alleges Dworakowski pushed Giray down the steps, breaking his nose and causing other injuries.
The defendant’s mother tells the Post the school deemed the incident an accident – a result of boys’ horseplay – and that’s why her son never got in trouble.
Dworakowski told the Post it happened during a game of tag when he accidentally fell into Giray. He called the lawsuit “frivolous.” The alleged bully is now a Cornell sophomore.
Calhoun declined the Post’s request for comment.
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