Families win bullying lawsuit against CCSD

LAS VEGAS - A judge ruled against the Clark County School District in a potentially precedent setting bullying case in Nevada.

CCSD was found liable in a civil lawsuit for failing to protect two young students from bullying in band class at Greenspun Junior High, including sexual harassment and even assault. One student was stabbed in the groin with a pencil and CCSD failed to act.

8 News NOW learned a judge ruled that CCSD created the dangerous environment where the bullying took place and that the district knew that it was taking place. Even after three separate complaints by the parents of the bullying victims, CCSD officials did not conduct an immediate investigation.

The court ruled that school officials conduct was deliberately indifferent and that the school district's deliberate indifference to the numerous complaints of bullying forced the two students to remain in a dangerous environment which subjected them to more bullying and harassment.

The court found CCSD violated the students' constitutional rights to an education under the due process clause.

"It's very clear that these kids were bullied and it's very clear that school personnel knew about it and didn't do what they were obligated to do," said Allen Lichtenstein, attorney for bullying victims.

After the escalation in bullying, both students were removed by their parents from Greenspun Junior High School.

It is not know what this judgment means monetarily for the families. The attorney for the families says they must now propose a potential dollar amount for the judge to consider. That decision should come within the next month.
 


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