NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of a 12-year-old boy who hanged himself after years of alleged bullying is suing the New York City education department and the teens who picked on him.
Family members say Joel Morales killed himself at his home last year because he had been repeatedly picked on by other students because he was small and sometimes stuttered.
His mother, Lisbeth Babilonia, is seeking unspecified monetary damages.
Relatives said the bullying didn't end even when Joel transferred from one East Harlem school to another. They said they asked to be moved to another housing project but were turned down.
The city Law Department declined to comment citing the pending litigation.