A Vermont school is accused of not protecting a black student from racially motivated harassment

A Vermont school is accused of not protecting a black student from racially motivated harassment, bullying and threats in a complaint filed with the Vermont Human Rights Commission. The ACLU of Vermont filed on the complaint Tuesday on behalf of the student, accusing Twin Valley Middle High School in Whitingham of unlawfully depriving the student “of her right to have a school environment free of racial discrimination.” “Our client was driven from her school after the people she turned to for help did nothing to support her and further emboldened her abusers,” said ACLU of Vermont Executive Director James Lyall in a written statement. “Racist harassment and bullying remain a common experience for students of color in Vermont, and the state has a responsibility to do much more to prevent incidents like these from recurring day after day and year after year.” Superintendent Barbara Anne Komons-Montroll disputes the allegations against the school administration. She said by email Tuesday that the district maintains strict policies against harassment and is “committed to eliminating racism from our schools.”

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