Lennon Baldwin’s Mother Planning Suit Against School
The mother of Lennon Baldwin, the Morristown High School who killed himself after being bullied and beaten several times is planning on suing the Morris School District.
The Daily Record reports Sharon Varnelas, Baldwin’s mother, was issued letters of “administration ad prosequendum” by the Morris County Surrogate’s Office on May 14. This is the first step in bringing a wrongful death action on behalf of the estate of someone who has passed away.
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In her filing, Varnelas wrote: “The death of said Lennon Varnelas Baldwin was caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default. Sharon Varnelas is suing the Morris School District Board of Ed, etal.”
School district attorney James M. McCreedy told the Daily Record, “Everybody certainly feels very bad.” District Superintendent Dr. Thomas J. Ficarra issued a prepared statement that expressed condolences to Baldwin’s family for “an unspeakable tragedy” and said an internal review of what occurred on school grounds is continuing.
Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said the teen, 15-year-old Lennon Baldwin, was terrorized by two students and pressured at one point to tell Morristown High School officials that he had not been assaulted, but was merely the victim of a prank.
The names of two the students were not released because they are juveniles. A 19-year-old, Michael Conway, who also attends Morristown High School was accused of lying to authorities.
Baldwin killed himself March 28 at his home. Officials did not release a cause of death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.