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ACLU Of Nevada Sues School District Over Bullying Of Students

PHOTO: The Clark County School District is being sued by the ACLU of Nevada over allegations that it didn't do enough to stop the bullying of two sixth grade students. Photo courtesy Iowa Senate Democrats.
PHOTO: The Clark County School District is being sued by the ACLU of Nevada over allegations that it didn't do enough to stop the bullying of two sixth grade students. Photo courtesy Iowa Senate Democrats.
May 1, 2014

LAS VEGAS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is suing the Clark County School District and the Nevada Equal Rights Commission over allegations it did not do enough to help two sixth grade students who were being bullied.

Tod Story, executive director at the ACLU of Nevada, says the lawsuit, Bryan and Hairr v. Clark County School District, alleges that Ethan Bryan and Nolan Hairr were physically and verbally bullied while sixth graders at Greenspun Junior High School in Henderson based on their perceived sexual identity.

"They were repeatedly called names, over and over again,” Story says. “They were harassed in class. They were harassed in the lunchroom.

“There was one stage, or at one point in time, where one of the students was actually stabbed in the genitals with a pencil."

Story says the lawsuit is centered on the fact that the school district and Equal Rights Commission did not respond to a complaint two years ago about the bullying from the students’ parents and the ACLU.

He says the bullying was so bad that both boys were enrolled in other schools.

Story explains the litigation seeks to mandate that the school district implement a better policy of responding to, and investigating, claims of bullying.

"A system of accountability that needs to be instituted is first and foremost our goal,” he says. “Because whatever it is that the current system, the status quo is now, is not working."

Clark County School District spokeswoman Melinda Malone says the district is not commenting on the pending litigation.




Story is at (702) 366-1226. Link to lawsuit: http://goo.gl/QGCviw.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV