Parents drop suit against Slippery Rock's school district for suicide
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 07:12
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The parents of a Slippery Rock teen who committed suicide after being strip-searched at school have dropped a federal lawsuit against the district.
Shane and Sandy Maxwell withdrew their suit on Dec. 11 against the Slippery Rock School District. Their attorney, Barbara Ochs, declined further comment.
The Portersville couple say school officials wrongly strip-searched and suspended their daughter Tiffani over allegations that she brought drugs to school.
Tiffani fatally shot herself the day after she was given a 10-day suspension in January 2011. Her parents say she was afraid the punishment would keep her from being promoted to the next grade.
Slippery Rock superintendent Kathleen Nogay has said the Maxwells' allegations are baseless. A district spokesman could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.