TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A settlement has been reached between a New Jersey school district and a student over claims that the school failed to take appropriate steps to end years of race-based bullying.
The girl, who is black, claimed that between from 2005 to 2009 she was called race-based names by students at Franklin Township’s Main Road School in Gloucester County.
The school district denied it engaged in unlawful discrimination and said administrators acted on the student’s allegations. However in 2011, the New Jersey Civil Rights Division issued a finding of probable cause against the school.
Under the settlement, the district will pay the girl $75,000 and the school board must allocate at least $2,500 to create an anti-bullying awareness program.
The school district must also review its policies and ensure those who respond to bullying complaints are appropriately trained.
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