DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The father of a Duluth middle school student who took his own life is suing the school district claiming it failed to protect his son from bullying that resulted in his death.

Thirteen-year-old Tristan Seehus committed suicide in February of 2015. His father, Todd Seehus, says other students called his son a "freak" and shoved him into lockers at Lincoln Park Middle School because they mistakenly thought he was gay. It says the Duluth School District's failure to address the bullying amounted to discrimination. The complaint says the district ignored and diminished the abuse.

The Star Tribune says Seehus is seeking damages and an order for the school district to improve its response to similar situations. The school district did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press seeking comment.

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