Tuckahoe girl’s suicide raises questions about bullying policy

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The relentless bullying of a former Tuckahoe High School student led her to kill herself, her father says, and the school's bullying policy may have done little to help. The relentless bullying of a former Tuckahoe High School student led her to kill herself, her father says, and the school's bullying policy may have done little to help.
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The relentless bullying of a former Tuckahoe High School student led her to kill herself, her father says, and the school's bullying policy may have done little to help.

"The district, I believe, was following protocol," says David Carraturro, whose daughter Julianna killed herself after she could not escape the alleged bullying, even after going away to college. "I think the protocol was wrong."

Carraturro says that because his daughter feared the repercussions of going to the school about her bullying, she kept quiet. So did the school, even though Carraturro himself had reached out to the district.

Neither the district or its superintendent have returned News 12 requests for comment.

On the school board's website, the section on bullying says "Bullying is detrimental to student learning and achievement."

Andrea Fallick, who oversees the bullying prevention program at Student Assistance Services in Tarrytown, says New York state's mandatory school intervention depends on the type of bullying.

It draws clear lines against bullying over sexual orientation, religion or physical appearance.

But it's more ambiguous regarding other types of bullying.

"If I say to you, you can't hang out here anymore...I'm not giving you a reason," she says.

It's a loophole, of sorts, that critics say could be a matter of life or death.

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