Mundelein high school sued in connection to teen’s suicide

MUNDELEIN, Ill. (AP) — The family of a 14-year-old Illinois girl who killed herself is suing the local school district, arguing that it neglected to follow protocols that could have prevented her death.

The lawsuit accuses Mundelein High School District 120 of not having an up-to-date suicide prevention policy when Mikyla Wren died in October 2015 that was required by a new state law. The girl’s family isn’t seeking monetary damages.

The lawsuit says her mother asked for an immediate risk assessment from the school social work department after being told her daughter used the word “suicide” on her school-issued laptop.

The teenager wasn’t seen by her counselor for six days. She took her life five days later.

A district spokesman says the superintendent hadn’t seen a copy of the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.