Pasco schools consider tough bullying, bias policies after Zephyrhills teen’s suicide attempt

Zachary Gray’s suicide attempt

An investigation into a 2011 bullying case at Zephyrhills High School has led the Pasco County school district to consider tougher policies on discrimination and sex-based harassment.

The School Board on Tuesday will decide whether to adopt the proposals as an agreement to end an inquiry by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. The federal review came after a complaint by the family of Zachary Gray, a student who attempted to commit suicide in May 2011 after alleged teasing, taunting and harassment by other students at Zephyrhills High.

Gray, then 17, did not succeed in hanging himself, but he suffered incapacitating injuries from the attempt. He remains unable to walk and talk, and in full-time medical care.

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