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Decatur Township Student May Sue District

A student may sue the Indianapolis area school district, alleging officials failed to protect her from repeated racial harassment and threats of violence.

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The student claims the school did not prevent racial harassment.

A Decatur Central High School student may sue the Indianapolis area school district, alleging officials failed to protect her from repeated racial harassment and threats of violence.

The student claims she was the victim of racial slurs and a threatening video sent to her cell phone. Robert Turner, the student’s attorney, says the school is responsible for protecting students from threats.

“This is not just a case of bullying,” he says, “This is racially charged harassment that is protected by the civil rights legislation, which is federal law.”

The Decatur Township School Board is discussing how to address the issue of racial harassment and bullying. School district spokeswoman Robin Gregory says the administration plans to create programs to teach the importance of diversity in the high school, as well as creating a task force to take on bullying problems throughout the district.

“The task force,” Gregory says, “is made up of people through the district, so there are some teachers from different schools in the district, a couple elementary teachers and a few administrators. They will work together to come up with a plan.”

Turner says he will give the school district a reasonable amount of time before deciding whether to file a formal lawsuit.

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