The sister of her assailant confided in a teacher what had occurred. The teacher responded accordingly by filing a report with the counseling center. Both families were subsequently notified. Mrs. McComa’s informed me that she engaged in a form of phone tag with the respective counselor thereafter. The matter unfortunately went unresolved as it was the end of the school year. Mrs. McComa’s reported that she attempted to follow-up with the counselor again when school commenced; however, the counselor never returned her calls.
Grace was supoenaed to appear as the plaintiff against her assailant shortly thereafter. Per Mrs. McComas they then became aware of an awful, malicious, dehumanizing, sexually-tinged form cyberbullying that was aimed at her through discovery and interrogatories. Comments purportedly included,
While the law is on the books in per Howard County Board of Education Policy 1060, Howard County Public Schools is still not doing enough to recognize, promote, and fully implement the law however. Hence children and families are still being exposed to bullying, sexual harassment, physical assault, verbal assault, and harassment all together. As a matter of fact, I would have been able to better protect my daughter from the scourge of bullying, harassment, and assault that she endured had I known about the law. It’s a bit trivial in a sense as I know about it now. I also know her mother very well and she is a jewel of a lady, mom, wife, friend, and advocate for all of our children. While I am saddened that Grace decided to take her own life, I take joy in knowing that it was not in vain as she is sitting at God’s hand smiling down on each child across this nation. Thank you for your sacrifices to all of the children and families in not only Howard County but across this Nation Mrs. McComas and Grace. I humbly salute you both while also keeping you in my prayers.