The parents of a teen who took her own life after constant physical and emotional abuse are suing her high school.

Joanne and Michael Piva claimed their daughter Breannah, 16, made 20 complaints to Ayr State High School in north Queensland, before she took her own life in May 2015, shares Daily Mail.

Almost 30 bullying incidents over four years – which would start in school and continue long after the final bell went – have now been outlined in a set of court documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.

‘Breannah didn’t just put up with verbal abuse, she was physically abused, taunted at work, she was harassed walking up the street. It was just constant,’ Mrs Piva told A Current Affair.

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The court documents state she had a bottle of iced coffee thrown at her before marshmallow was rubbed over her face and uniform.

‘On various occasions throughout 2011, Breannah was hit across the back of her head by another student. This was reported to the school and I have attached the Incident Report that Breannah filed.’

The court documents state that Breannah was in 2013 chased for five blocks while walking home and forced to hide in a supermarket after a group of five students said they were going to ‘bash and kill’ her.

The Piva family’s solicitor from Shine Lawyers Sarah Sarinas said the teenager was struggling to cope and was let down by the school.

She added: ‘There are a pile of incident reports there and that’s what makes this case all the more shocking that nothing was done and it has led to tragic consequences for this family.’

A foundation has since been set up for Breannah called ‘Do It For Bree’, which has produced a free online anti-bullying program for schools.

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  • This is the sort of technology I wish had never been invented. No child should have to suffer like this.


  • Every parent’s worst nightmare. I hope that someone’s held accountable for this.


  • I can understand the family wanting retribution, someone to blame, and rightly so. They have done all the things they should have to support their daughter but were still let down in the most terrible way. They cannot get her back. Someone, in this instance, needs to be accountable.


  • That’s disgusting! Something needs to be done! stories like this one are becoming more and more common. I don’t want my daughter or son to have to go through this.


  • Such a sad story. I have heard the school my eldest goes to report any sort of bullying straight to the Police-I hope this is true as this is the only way to deal with bullies.


  • Such a distressing story. Schools need to take a more proactive approach when it comes to bullying. Not good enough. I’m so sad to hear about what this girl and her family went through.


  • I have been waiting for something like this to happen. Yes the school has some part in this but I think the bullies themselves should be sued as well. Lets face it, they were the perpetrators that led this girl to feel she had no life and couldn’t go on.



  • This will never be stopped, has been going on for years and not many schools care. Hopefully if enough of us fight back people will listen. Homeschooled two children due to bullying at school. It does not take much for bullies to pick up on the differences in people.


  • I feel very sad for this family and their daughter. In the article there are obvious cases of assault – were these incidents reported to the police? I think too often people are reluctant to go to the police, but it needs to be reported and charges laid.


  • Absolutely gorgeous but I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Good luck I hope they have an amazing village to help raise these babies.


  • Awful if anyone feels let down by school, peers, community, workmates, family and in this case Breannah by her school. Praying for those who struggle right now.
    Schools should make very serious business from anti-bullying programs and we as parents from bullies and victims should take this very serious as well.


  • schools really do need to take more action when reports are made


  • Unfortunately it is compulsory for parents/guardians to send their children to school. They possibly had an option to send her to a different school. It may have still happened after school. Pity it hadn’t been reported to the Police and them had a couple of undercover officers observing, hoping to apprehend the culprits.


  • She was definitely let down by her school. Parents need to understand they can’t rely on schools to keep their children safe and remove them if nothing gets done before its too late.


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