updated 4/3/2009 10:30:56 AM ET 2009-04-03T14:30:56

An Ohio couple has filed a lawsuit saying school officials failed to stop bullying that they claim led to their 17-year-old son's suicide.

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The suit was filed in federal court last week, almost two years to the day when 17-year-old Eric Mohat shot himself in the head. Parents William and Janis Mohat say their son was taunted and harassed by classmates at Mentor High School for months before his death on March 27, 2007.

Their lawsuit accuses the school district about 25 miles northwest of Cleveland, of violating the high school junior's civil right to safety.

The teen's father says they would drop the suit if the school system adopted tougher regulations on bullying.

Without commenting directly on the litigation, school officials say the district takes bullying seriously.

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