On October 2, 2008, 16-year-old Sladjana Vidovic was found by her sister. Vidovic was dead, having committed suicide by hanging herself out of her bedroom window.
In her suicide note, the Bosnian native said that she was constantly bullied at school.
A lawsuit recently filed by her family claims that officials at Mentor Schools ignored repeated warnings and complaints about the bullying that led the teen to take her own life.
According to the AP:
The lawsuit says Sladjana Vidovic was verbally harassed and on one occasion was pushed down a set of stairs at Mentor High School, about 20 miles northeast of Cleveland.
The family's attorney, Kenneth Myers, says Vidovic, whose parents are from Croatia, was teased about her heritage and accent. He said Vidovic became depressed over the bullying and hanged herself from her bedroom window on Oct. 2, 2008.