Local school district sued over harassment

SANTA ANA, Calif. The lawsuit centers on the treatment of a female student at /*Corona Del Mar High School*/, who was allegedly threatened in a video posted online by other students.

According to the lawsuit, the male students who made the video used homophobic and sexist language, while threatening to sexually assault and kill the female student.

The lawsuit says school and school district officials did not adequately respond to the incident, and accuses them of generally condoning sexist and homophobic behavior.

The female student, identified as Mary Doe, her parents and a gay rights group are listed as plaintiffs. Despite the nature of the lawsuit, the /*ACLU*/ says Mary Doe herself is not gay.

District Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard, the school district, and Corona Del Mar High School Principal Fal Asrani are named as defendants.

Superintendent Hubbard reacted in a statement, saying: "These allegations are very serious and the district will utilize its best efforts to ascertain the truth of these matters, as well as to be sure there are procedures in place to allow prompt resolution of any and all disputes regarding discrimination and harassment."

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and changes to address the alleged homophobic atmosphere on school campus.


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