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Journal News: School District Accused of Ignoring Bullying of Asian American Teen Prior to Her Suicide

Emilie Olsen vigil
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A candlelight vigil was held for Emilie Olsen on the first anniversary of her death

The family of an Asian American girl who committed suicide is suing a school district near Cincinnati accusing it of ignoring their pleas for help.

Emilie Olsen was adopted from China by Marc and Cynthia Olsen as a baby.

A new filing in the lawsuit originally filed by the Olsens in December accuses the Fairfield School District of not acting after their daughter exhibited numerous warning signs she could harm herself.

The suit contends the school administered a True Color Personality Quiz on Emilie in the weeks prior to her suicide. Emilie indicated during the quiz that a typical bad day for her would include “crying, depressing, yelling and screaming, passive resistance, and going into a trance.”

The lawsuit claims the results were not shared with the Olsen family and Emilie was never offered any counseling or support.

Previously the family asserted the district ignored the family’s repeated requests for help and failed to look  into the bullying their daughter faced.

The district has countered by saying those claims are not plausible and has filed a motion to clear the district of all charges against it including the failure to address bullying, sexual and racial discrimination.

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