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lawsuit: school ignored red flags before student’s abduction


columbia, tenn. (ap) — a teenage girl and her father have filed a lawsuit against a school district and a former teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student last year.tad cummins sparked a 39-day nationwide manhunt when he allegedly fled the state with the girl. but the lawsuit says teachers and the principal at culleoka unit school ignored red flags.the lawsuit alleges a student saw cummins, 51, kissing the girl and reported it to school administrators, who started an investigation. but the girl’s parents were not contacted and there was no initial effort to remove the girl from cummins’ class, the suit says.the tennessean reported the federal lawsuit, filed friday, seeks damages from both cummins and the school district.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.the






minn. high school banned flags on vehicles, until protests began


central minnesota high school students raised their flags wednesday to protest a school ban on flying them. and they won.administrators at rocori high school, which serves students from rockville, cold spring, and richmond, initiated the ban at the start of this school year after students last spring flew the confederate flag on vehicles parked at the school. school officials said the flags were offensive and caused concern among other students.on wednesday, high school students protested the ban, which was scheduled to go into effect next week. about 25 vehicles flying american flags were parked in the school lot, school officials said.by the time school let out on wednesday, student leaders and school administrators reached a compromise and the ban on flying flags or banners was removed






lawsuit: drug search at school violated students' rights


atlanta — a federal lawsuit says a search for drugs at a georgia high school violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of students.the lawsuit against worth county sheriff jeff hobby and more than two dozen deputies was filed thursday by the southern center for human rights on behalf of nine young people who were students at worth county high school during the search on april 14.the lawsuit says the school was put on lockdown for four hours while deputies aggressively searched the students.hobby didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment thursday afternoon.the lawsuit says hobby had a "target list" of 13 students suspected of having drugs, and only three were at school that day. the lawsuit says there was no basis to suspect any other students.






waterworld california to become six flags park – the mercury news


concord —  six flags entertainment has agreed to purchase waterworld california, six flags announced thursday.the concord waterpark will be six flags’ 20th property if the sale with epr properties, which owns the waterpark, is completed. waterworld california was formerly owned and operated by six flags, the world’s largest regional theme park company, for a couple of years. but it was sold in 2007, along with a number of other smaller six flags properties. six flags also runs vallejo’s six flags discovery kingdom, 18 miles away.the agreement is still subject to approval by the city of concord.“this is an exciting new venture and a great opportunity to provide families with more entertainment options in this important market,” said six flags president and ceo john duffey in a statement.“gu






student who tried hacking into grading system sues school board for expelling hi


a student who was expelled from glenbrook north high school for trying to hack into its grading system has sued the school board, saying the district abused its power by imposing an "unreasonable" and "oppressive" punishment.an adult relative filed the lawsuit on behalf of the 15-year-old sophomore after glenbrook high school district 225 officials expelled him for the remainder of the school year and all of next school year for his role in a grade-changing scheme.the plot was engineered by another student, who created a fake email address that appeared to be from powerschool, where students' grades are electronically recorded.according to the lawsuit and a report from the district hearing officer, the student who created the fake email sent it to several teachers and asked them to use a p






student who tried to hack grading system sues school board for expelling him


a student who was expelled from glenbrook north high school for trying to hack into its grading system has sued the school board, saying the district abused its power by imposing an "unreasonable" and "oppressive" punishment.an adult relative filed the lawsuit on behalf of the 15-year-old sophomore after glenbrook high school district 225 officials expelled him for the remainder of the school year and all of next school year for his role in a grade-changing scheme.the plot was engineered by another student, who created a fake email address that appeared to be from powerschool, where students' grades are electronically recorded.according to the lawsuit and a report from the district hearing officer, the student who created the fake email sent it to several teachers and asked them to use a p






four california high school students sue district over suspensions for ‘liking'


four california high school students have sued a school district after they were suspended over their responses to instagram posts that included a black student and coach with nooses around their necks.the students at albany high school in the bay area “liked” or briefly commented on the posts, according to the lawsuit filed this week in federal court in san francisco.the suit accuses the district of exceeding its authority to discipline the students because the posts were on a private account with no connection to school activity.“this to me is no different than having a private drawing book and making some offensive drawings at home and sharing them with a couple of my friends,” said alan beck, an attorney for the students. “does the school have the right to ruin my life over something i






s. idaho school district sued after reported student rape


shoshone, idaho (ap) — the family of a 13-year-old girl has filed a federal lawsuit against a south-central idaho school district that says school officials told the girl she couldn’t remain at the school after she was violently raped by an older student in a computer lab.the times-news reports in a story on saturday that the lawsuit filed late last month contends the shoshone school district denied the girl an education by creating a hostile environment and subjecting her to sexual discrimination.the lawsuit says a surveillance system recorded the rape in early 2017 and that school officials viewed the video shortly after.the lawsuit says a prominent high school student athlete in november pleaded guilty in juvenile court to multiple charges of lewd conduct with a child under 16.most read






transgender student sues illinois district over locker room


palatine, ill. — a suburban chicago school district that previously faced a federal complaint over a transgender student's use of a girls' locker room is now facing a lawsuit over the issue.palatine high school senior nova maday filed the lawsuit thursday against palatine's township high school. the lawsuit asks that maday be allowed to use the girls' locker room to change for physical education classes.attorneys with the american civil liberties union are representing the 18-year-old student, who says school officials have made her change in other facilities.the district previously allowed a transgender student at a different high school to use the girls' locker room with a private changing station.district superintendent daniel cates says the lawsuit "misrepresents the accommodations ext






flags to be lowered in honor of newtown shooting victims


hartford, conn. (ap) — gov. dannel p. malloy will direct all u.s. and state flags in connecticut to be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the children and educators killed in the sandy hook elementary school shooting.the flags will be lowered from sunrise to sunset thursday. that day will mark five years since adam lanza fatally shot 20 children and six educators at the newtown school before turning the gun on himself.the democratic governor says all other flags— municipal, corporate or otherwise — also will be lowered thursday.






flags to be lowered in honor of newtown shooting victims


hartford, conn. — gov. dannel p. malloy will direct all u.s. and state flags in connecticut to be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the children and educators killed in the sandy hook elementary school shooting.the flags will be lowered from sunrise to sunset thursday. that day will mark five years since adam lanza fatally shot 20 children and six educators at the newtown school before turning the gun on himself.the democratic governor says all other flags— municipal, corporate or otherwise — also will be lowered thursday.






florida school abused 3-year-old with cerebral palsy by putting him in drywall ‘


parents of a child with cerebral palsy are suing a florida school that it alleges systematically abused special needs children by putting them inside a “jail” box that was made partially of drywall.local news station kptv reports that the parents are claiming that teachers at the love grove elementary school regularly isolate special needs children by putting them inside the drywall box, which the students refer to as a “jail” where they’re placed for misbehaving.the family is suing the  duval county public school system, as it alleges that the school’s administration was aware that its teachers were using the box, and yet did nothing to stop it. attorney aaron bates, who is representing the family in the lawsuit, tells kptv that the administration is also at fault for not providing proper






florida school abused 3-year-old with cerebral palsy by putting him in drywall ‘


parents of a child with cerebral palsy are suing a florida school that it alleges systematically abused special needs children by putting them inside a “jail” box that was made partially of drywall.action news jax reports that the parents are claiming that teachers at the love grove elementary school regularly isolate special needs children by putting them inside the drywall box, which the students refer to as a “jail” where they’re placed for misbehaving.the family is suing the  duval county public school system, as it alleges that the school’s administration was aware that its teachers were using the box, and yet did nothing to stop it. attorney aaron bates, who is representing the family in the lawsuit, tells kptv that the administration is also at fault for not providing proper trainin






man wrongly named person of interest in 1989 abduction sues


minneapolis — a minnesota man who was wrongly named as a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of jacob wetterling is suing authorities.dan rassier filed his federal lawsuit wednesday. he was publicly named as a person of interest in 11-year-old jacob's abduction in 2010 after his central minnesota farm was searched by authorities.rassier maintained his innocence but wasn't cleared until last year after another man confessed and led authorities to jacob's remains. danny heinrich is serving a 20-year sentence on a separate child pornography charge.rassier and his mother, rita, are seeking more than $2 million in damages.among other things, the lawsuit against stearns county sheriff john sanner and others alleges investigators obtained the search warrant for the farm illegally. a defense






florida school abused 3-year-old with cerebral palsy by putting him in drywall ‘


parents of a child with cerebral palsy are suing a florida school that it alleges systematically abused special needs children by putting them inside a “jail” box that was made partially of drywall.local news station kptv reports that the parents are claiming that teachers at the love grove elementary school regularly isolate special needs children by putting them inside the drywall box, which the students refer to as a “jail” where they’re placed for misbehaving.the family is suing the  duval county public school system, as it alleges that the school’s administration was aware that its teachers were using the box, and yet did nothing to stop it. attorney aaron bates, who is representing the family in the lawsuit, tells kptv that the administration is also at fault for not providing proper






family of bullied teens files racial discrimination lawsuit


reno, nev. (ap) — a reno lawyer says the family of two black teens have a filed a lawsuit against a northwest nevada school district and city.the family says the two 14-year-olds, jayla tolliver and taylissa marriott, have been racially bullied for months at yerington high school and have also been threatened by fellow students.the family says their complaints and reports have not made much of a difference.the family filed a lawsuit against the lyon county school district and the city of yerington on thursday for violations of the civil rights act.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the lawsuit seeks to order the school district to comply with anti-bullying laws and have the yerington police department investigate the threats.the school district said in a statement th






georgia high court upholds $35m award in 6 flags lawsuit


atlanta (ap) — the georgia supreme court says a man who was severely beaten while leaving six flags over georgia a decade ago can collect $35 million in legal damages from the amusement park and his attackers.the ruling by georgia’s high court monday reverses an appeals court’s decision to throw out the damage award and order a new trial in the lawsuit by joshua martin. case evidence showed martin was attacked by a mob while waiting for a bus to leave the theme park in july 2007. his lawyers say martin suffered permanent brain damage.six flags said it wasn’t liable because the beating didn’t happen on its property. the supreme court unanimously rejected that argument, but ordered a new hearing on what portion of the damages six flags must pay.






minn. lawsuit dropped over transgender student's use of locker room


a group of parents and students dropped their lawsuit thursday against an iron range school district for allowing a transgender student to use the girls' locker room, according to the american civil liberties union of minnesota.the lawsuit was filed in september after the virginia school district changed its policy that once barred a transgender student at virginia high school, known in court filings as jane doe, from using girls' facilities last school year to align with a federal rule. the school district, u.s. department of education and u.s. department of justice were named as defendants. thursday's court filing does not elaborate on why the lawsuit was dropped.the plaintiffs, a group of 10 families in the virginia school district who called themselves "privacy matters," were represent






minn. lawsuit dropped over transgender student's use of locker room


a group of parents and students dropped their lawsuit thursday against an iron range school district for allowing a transgender student’s use of the girls’ locker room, according to the american civil liberties union of minnesota.the lawsuit was filed in september after the virginia, minn. school district changed its policy that once barred a transgender student at virginia high school, known in court filings as jane doe, from using girls’ facilities last school year to align with a federal rule. the school district and federal education and justice departments were named as defendants. thursday’s court filing does not elaborate on why the lawsuit was dropped.the plaintiffs, a group of 10 families in the virginia school district that called themselves“privacy matters,” were represented by






students sue over suspensions for ‘liking’ racist posts


san francisco (ap) — four california high school students sued a school district after they were suspended over their responses to instagram posts that included a black student and coach with nooses around their necks.the students at albany high school in the san francisco bay area — three of whom are asian — “liked” or briefly commented on the posts, according to the lawsuit filed this week in federal court in san francisco.the suit accuses the district of exceeding its authority to discipline the students because the posts were on a private account with no connection to school activity.“this to me is no different than having a private drawing book and making some offensive drawings at home and sharing them with a couple of my friends,” said alan beck, an attorney for the students. “does






man wrongly named person of interest in 1989 abduction sues


minneapolis (ap) — a minnesota man who claims his reputation was tarnished after he was wrongly named as a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of jacob wetterling sued authorities wednesday, alleging investigators went after him in retaliation and submitted false information to secure a search warrant for his property.dan rassier, an elementary school music teacher, was publicly named as a person of interest in jacob’s abduction in 2010 after his central minnesota farm was searched by authorities. rassier, 61, maintained his innocence but wasn’t cleared until last year after another man confessed and led authorities to jacob’s remains.in his lawsuit filed in u.s. district court, rassier claims investigators intentionally ruined his name and knowingly provided false information — or om






students suspended for "liking" racist instagram posts sue school


san francisco -- a california school district suspended a high school student after racist images that included nooses drawn around the necks of a black student and coach appeared on his social media site. but a federal lawsuit says albany unified school district went too far when it also disciplined four albany high school students -- three of them asian -- who indicated they "liked" the posts on the instagram account. the suit, which was filed monday in san francisco on behalf of the students, accuses the school district of violating students' free speech rights. cbs sacramento reports the students say the district had no right to discipline them because the offensive posts were on a private account that had no connection with any official school activity or school account. "this to me i






lawsuit: teen expelled for sitting for pledge of allegiance


houston (ap) — a lawsuit says a houston student’s constitutional rights were violated when she was expelled for not standing for the pledge of allegiance.randall kallinen, an attorney for 17-year-old india landry’s family, said the civil lawsuit was filed saturday against the cypress-fairbanks independent school district and a high school principal.the lawsuit says landry, who’d been sitting for the pledge in class, was expelled monday after doing that in the principal’s office. the lawsuit says landry returned to school friday after the principal reversed course, saying landry could sit.landry, who is black, told khou she doesn’t think “the flag is what it says it’s for, for liberty and justice and all that.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.a district spokeswoman






pennsylvania school district sued over privacy violantion after ‘transgender’ st


share thistagsadvocate of privacyalliance defending freedomamerican privacyanti-privacycisgendergay tolerancegender discriminationgender identitygender-neutral languagejoel doekellie fiedorekpennsylvaniaprivacyprivacy infringementright to privacytolerancetransgendertransgender bathrooma high school student and his parents sued the boyertown area school district tuesday for intentionally violating his right to bodily privacy after he was exposed involuntarily to an undressed female student while he was changing in his school’s locker room. attorneys with alliance defending freedom and the independence law center are co-counsel in the lawsuit, filed in federal district court.without any notice to students or parents, the school district secretly opened its schools’ sex-specific restrooms and






lawsuit: school created culture of abuse and excessive force


a civil rights lawsuit accuses a pittsburgh-area school with a history of racial tension of creating a culture of verbal abuse and excessive force that allowed resource officers to shock students with stun guns and body slam them.the lawsuit was filed wednesday by the guardians of five black former students of woodland hills high school. it says white administrators filed false charges to cover up abuse.in april, the allegheny county district attorney said he was reviewing allegations that an officer at the school knocked out the tooth of a 14-year-old accused of stealing a cellphone.last year, another 14-year-old student produced a recording of the principal threatening to punch him and knock his teeth out. he resigned.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the school s






family sues after school janitor jessica galyon charged with raping boy


kingston, tenn. -- the family of a 16-year-old tennessee high school student has filed a lawsuit against roane county schools and the contractor who employed a female janitor accused of raping the boy during school hours. citing the lawsuit filed monday, the knoxville news-sentinel reports that the midway high school student's family is seeking $4.5 million in damages from the school district and compass one services of tennessee for negligence in allowing the rape to occur.54photosnotorious teacher sex scandals teachers accused of sex with their young students twenty-nine-year-old jessica e. galyon was arrested in february on multiple charges related to the assault. authorities said at the time that high school officials received reports in october 2016 of galyon exchanging sexual faceboo






students sue over suspensions for 'likes' on racist posts


san francisco — a california school district suspended a high school student after racist images that included nooses drawn around the necks of a black student and coach appeared on his social media site.but a federal lawsuit says the district went too far when it also disciplined students who indicated they "liked" the posts on the instagram account. the suit — filed monday in san francisco on behalf of four students— accuses the albany unified school district of violating students' free speech rights and says the district did not have the authority to suspend the students because the offensive posts were on a private account that had no connection with any official school activity or school account."this to me is no different than having a private drawing book and making some offensive d






lawsuit says woman sexually assaulted twice at special education school


a father claims in a lawsuit filed tuesday that his daughter was allegedly twice sexually assaulted last year at a special education school she attended in chicago heights.the woman has "severe cognitive disabilities" and was attending the academy for lifelong learning when she allegedly was assaulted by another student at the school, according to the complaint.the woman, identified as jane doe in the lawsuit, suffered severe and permanent emotional distress as a result of the assaults and will continue to require medical and psychological treatment and therapy, according to her attorney, eugene hollander. the complaint seeks damages in excess of $50,000.the school she attended is operated by speed district 802, a cooperative that provides specialized instruction and related services to st






california students suspended for 'liking' racist posts sue


san francisco — a california school district suspended a high school student after racist images that included nooses drawn around the necks of a black student and coach appeared on his social media site.but a federal lawsuit says the district went too far when it also disciplined students who indicated they "liked" the posts on the instagram account. the suit — filed monday in san francisco on behalf of four students— accuses the albany unified school district of violating students' free speech rights and says the district did not have the authority to suspend the students because the offensive posts were on a private account that had no connection with any official school activity or school account."this to me is no different than having a private drawing book and making some offensive d






lawsuit: 2nd transgender student fights for locker room access at palatine distr


a second transgender student is fighting for locker room access at the same suburban school district where a lengthy and historic battle over transgender rights set national precedence a few years ago.eighteen-year-old nova maday filed a lawsuit in cook county circuit court on thursday claiming that palatine-based township high school district 211 has in the past denied her use of the girls’ locker room during physical education class, hurting her grade as well as her mental health.more recently, the district allowed the palatine high school senior to change in facilities matching her gender identity but only if she agreed to dress in an “unspecified private changing area within the locker room,” which the lawsuit says is not required of other students.district 211 superintendent dan cates






lawsuit, more arrests in sexual assault hazing scandal at texas high school


la vernia, texas - a federal lawsuit contends football players at a san antonio-area high school were subjected to hazing, sexual abuse and other mistreatment as part of an initiation that coaches and others failed to stop.the lawsuit was filed tuesday by the parents of a former player who has since withdrawn from la vernia high school. it names as defendants the la vernia independent school district, its superintendent and others.authorities say objects were used to sodomize young players and that the hazing primarily involved the football team, with other teams involved to a lesser degree.according to the lawsuit, upon making the varsity football team as a freshman in 2015, the former player was told to “get ready”: “[the student] had heard from upperclassmen on the football team and oth






california students suspended for ‘liking’ racist posts sue


san francisco (ap) — a california school district suspended a high school student after racist images that included nooses drawn around the necks of a black student and coach appeared on his social media site.but a federal lawsuit says the district went too far when it also disciplined students who indicated they “liked” the posts on the instagram account. the suit — filed monday in san francisco on behalf of four students— accuses the albany unified school district of violating students’ free speech rights and says the district did not have the authority to suspend the students because the offensive posts were on a private account that had no connection with any official school activity or school account.“this to me is no different than having a private drawing book and making some offens






fbi says grad student charged with kidnapping missing chinese scholar had visite


the fbi says the suspect had recently visited a 'fantasy abduction site.'        






2nd transgender student sues over locker room access at palatine school


a second transgender student is fighting for locker room access at the same suburban school district where a lengthy and historic battle over transgender rights set national precedence a few years ago.eighteen-year-old nova maday filed a lawsuit in cook county circuit court on thursday claiming that palatine-based township high school district 211 has in the past denied her use of the girls’ locker room during physical education class, hurting her grade as well as her mental health.more recently, the district allowed the palatine high school senior to change in facilities matching her gender identity but only if she agreed to dress in an “unspecified private changing area within the locker room,” which the lawsuit says is not required of other students.district 211 superintendent dan cates






south dakota family sues boarding school over girl's death


pierre, s.d. — the family of a 14-year-old south dakota girl who killed herself at a native american boarding school has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government, which runs the school.the family filed the lawsuit tuesday in u.s. district court in south dakota. it seeks unspecified compensation for funeral expenses, attorney fees, and pain and suffering.the girl's grandfather, emerson little elk, says the staff at the pierre indian learning center failed to adequately monitor his granddaughter, who he says had a history of depression and threatening to kill herself. she died in october 2015, a couple of months after arriving at the school, according to the argus leader , which didn't name the girl in its story.the lawsuit says the school placed the girl in counseling a






tennessee school employees file lawsuit over rape scandal


ooltewah, tenn. — three former employees of a tennessee high school have filed a lawsuit claiming they were mistreated in the days and months after a rape scandal involving students.news outlets report that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed monday, are former ooltewah high school principal james jarvis, former athletic director allard nayadley and former coach andre montgomery.the lawsuit alleges school, county and state officials violated their constitutional rights by "illegally disseminating false facts" and "reacted in knee jerk fashion" to the case.the hamilton county department of education issued a statement saying the complaint "blames hdce for having been stuck in the middle between two district attorneys' offices."in december 2015, three ooltewah high school students were char






black mississippi student forced to share valedictorian title with white student


facebook, u.s. newsblack mississippi student forced to share valedictorian title with white student who had lower gpasarah k. burris01 jul 2017 at 22:27 etjasmine shepard was the top of her class and had the highest gpa, but her mississippi high school forced her to “share” the title with students whose gpas were lower. the school has never done something like this before, but they’ve also never had a black valedictorian before. she and her family think it’s because of her race. “prior to 2016, all of cleveland high school’s valedictorians were white,” a lawsuit against the school says, according to the washington post. “as a result of the school official’s unprecedented action of making an african-american student share the valedictorian award with a white student, the defendants discrimi






connecticut boarding school sued over alleged sex assaults


hartford, conn. (ap) — a connecticut boarding school was sued wednesday by a former female student who said her french teacher sexually assaulted her repeatedly in the late 1980s.the lawsuit against the kent school was filed in state superior court by the former student. it follows recent disclosures of sexual abuse allegations dating back years at other prestigious boarding schools in the northeast.the former student’s lawyers, paul slager, jennifer goldstein and paul mones, said the lawsuit appears to be the first one alleging sexual abuse at the kent school.the lawsuit contends former french teacher clyde douglas fenner “took steps to groom” the girl for a relationship and sexually assaulted her at various locations in 1987 and 1988. the assaults began when she was 15 and he was 49 or 5






lawsuit over school mascot heads to state supreme court


south burlington, vt. (ap) — a lawsuit against the south burlington school district over the high school’s mascot name change is heading to the vermont supreme court.a judge on tuesday granted the school district’s appeal of his earlier decision to deny the district’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. the burlington free press reports the group of south burlington residents alleged in their lawsuit that the school board was legally required to consider a petition to take the high school’s team name to a citywide vote.last february, the school board voted unanimously to drop the “rebel” school nickname because of connections to the confederacy. students later chose to adopt “wolves” as the new mascot name.some alumni and parents argued the board should have waited for a public vote before the






aclu of washington files lawsuit on behalf of special-education students


the lawsuit alleges that the office of superintendent of public instruction has failed to address the fact that special-education students are suspended or expelled about two times as frequently as their classmates.the aclu of washington has filed a lawsuit against the office of superintendent of public instruction on behalf of public-school students the organization says were wrongfully disciplined because of their disabilities.across the state, students who receive special-education services are suspended or expelled about two times more frequently than their classmates. the lawsuit alleges that the state superintendents office failed to address that problem, and provide schools and teachers with needed support. the aclu of washington filed the lawsuit in thurston county superior court o






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school district failed to investigate sex abuse allegations against redlands tea


four former high school students are suing the redlands unified school district, alleging they were sexually harassed and abused by a teacher, but were told to keep quiet when they reported his behavior to school officials. an administrator told one student in 2012 that then redlands high school math teacher, kevin kirkland, would be disciplined as long as she “did not go to the press,” according to the lawsuit filed this week in san bernardino county superior court. the suit alleges district officials knew of problems with kirkland going back to 2006. in 2016, the district tried to dissuade a student from reporting the assault to police, according to the suit.kirkland, 58, was arrested in april 2016 and subsequently pleaded guilty to molesting four female students from may 2015 to may 201






school district failed to investigate sex abuse allegations against redlands tea


four former high school students are suing the redlands unified school district, alleging they were sexually harassed and abused by a teacher, but were told to keep quiet when they reported his behavior to school officials. an administrator told one student in 2012 that then redlands high school math teacher, kevin kirkland, would be disciplined as long as she “did not go to the press,” according to the lawsuit filed this week in san bernardino county superior court. the suit alleges district officials knew of problems with kirkland going back to 2006. in 2016, the district tried to dissuade a student from reporting the assault to police, according to the suit.kirkland, 58, was arrested in april 2016 and subsequently pleaded guilty to molesting four female students from may 2015 to may 201






black mississippi student forced to share valedictorian title with white student


jasmine shepard was the top of her class and had the highest gpa, but her mississippi high school forced her to “share” the title with students whose gpas were lower. the school has never done something like this before, but they’ve also never had a black valedictorian before. she and her family think it’s because of her race. “prior to 2016, all of cleveland high school’s valedictorians were white,” a lawsuit against the school says, according to the washington post. “as a result of the school official’s unprecedented action of making an african-american student share the valedictorian award with a white student, the defendants discriminated against.” shepard was also forced to deliver her speech to students after the white student and would have been forced to walk behind the girl as wel






ex-teacher's aide sues over 'violent conditions' at school


milwaukee — a former teacher's aide shown in a video pushing a student to the floor last year says in a lawsuit that milwaukee public schools failed to warn him about "violent conditions" at the school.the lawsuit filed tuesday by 40-year-old jasmine pennix against the school system also contends he was not provided training to deal with "violent, criminal students" at bayview high school.the school fired pennix a few days after the incident last april. a milwaukee public schools spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a call or email but told wdjt-tv officials can't comment on pending litigation.pennix, who is black, alleges racial and gender discrimination and asks for an unspecified amount in damages.pennix was found guilty of misdemeanor battery for the altercation with the 14-year-






a look at student-on-student sex abuse verdicts, settlements


the associated press reviewed verdicts and settlements across the country in lawsuits brought against schools over student-on-student sexual abuse . here are some notable recent cases:___honolulu, $5.75 million settlement: this settlement with the state of hawaii over alleged abuse at the hawaii school for the deaf and blind is the highest known in a student-on-student school sex abuse case, according to public justice, a washington, d.c., nonprofit law firm that tracks such cases. the class-action lawsuit, settled in 2013, contended officials at the only public school in the state for deaf and blind students knew about rapes and sexual abuse among students, failed to do enough to stop them and orchestrated a cover-up. the state denied the allegations. it said when it settled that it was i






community college agrees to resolve free speech lawsuit


battle creek, mich. (ap) — a michigan college says it has reached an agreement to resolve a federal lawsuit filed by three people arrested while distributing copies of the u.s. constitution outside a campus building.kellogg community college in battle creek says tuesday that it has agreed to a financial settlement. monetary figures were not released.the plaintiffs said they were arrested in 2016 while talking to students. the prosecutor dropped the case.their lawsuit accused the school of violating free speech rights and other protections. a group called young americans for liberty also was a plaintiff.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.the school says they were arrested for trespassing and attempting to recruit students for young americans for liberty.the school says t






csu, students for life, settle federal lawsuit


a lawsuit filed against colorado state university on behalf of the campus chapter of students for life has been settled, according to a nonprofit legal organization.the university “has agreed to drop unconstitutional policies that enabled university officials to deny a student organization’s funding request strictly because of the group’s pro-life views,” alliance defending freedom said in a news release.csu has “agreed to overhaul its policies to ensure that all student groups will have equal access to mandatory student activity fees charged to all students,” adf said.the lawsuit filed in january in u.s. district court, claimed the school violated the student group’s first amendment rights by denying it funding to pay for a campus speaker with anti-abortion views.“university officials sho






confederate flags in nyc window met with rocks, suit, tarp


new york (ap) — the confederate flags had been in a manhattan apartment window for over a year. and then, in a matter of days last week, they were met with hurled rocks, a punched-out window, a tarp hung over them and legal action.by monday, the lighted flags were no more to be found in the seventh-floor windows in the east village neighborhood.they’d attracted new attention after an aug. 12 white nationalist rally to preserve a confederate statue in charlottesville, virginia, spiraled into violence.the tenant has noted the banners were up for more than a year. he calls it “a little suspicious” that the response has come only recently.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.his landlord withdrew a lawsuit monday asking a court to order the tenant to remove the flags.






judge dismisses koala publication lawsuit against ucsd


a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against uc san diego and student leaders filed by the koala, a student-run satirical newspaper that claimed the university had violated its first amendment rights.the claim against the school followed a november 2015 decision by the associated students, also named in the lawsuit, to cut funding to the koala and other student-run campus publications.an attorney for the american civil liberties, which filed the suit, said his organization is considering an appeal to the feb. 28 decision by u.s. district judge jeffrey t. miller.while the associated students’ decision to cut funding affected all student-run campus publications, the timing of the decision raised suspicions that it specifically targeted the koala.the paper had recently published an article