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ACLU sues Corona del Mar High over 'hostile' campus atmosphere

March 18, 2009 | 11:46 am

More than a month after controversy erupted over Corona del Mar High School's reported cancellation -- then rescheduling -- of a production of "Rent," the American Civil Liberties Union today sued school officials for fostering an atmosphere on campus that the organization calls hostile to young women and gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The lawsuit stems from a Facebook video posted by a group of male students in which they threatened a female classmate and used homophobic slurs. The school, according to the ACLU, did little to punish the boys or protect the young woman, even after her parents expressed concern over her safety. The girl has had to change her class schedule and takes mostly independent study classes off campus to avoid the boys, one of whom threatened her in person.

"School and district officials, through their action and inaction, have not only failed to take steps to address this hostile environment, but they have contributed to it and given sanction to it," reads the 36-page complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court today.

More information to come.

-- Susannah Rosenblatt

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