A lawsuit alleging Bledsoe County Schools and Director of Schools Jennifer Terry allowed discrimination against a student on the basis of race and color to persist, possibly in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was filed in a U.S. District Court in Chattanooga on Tuesday, May 8.
“This case involves the noxious use by students of [the n word] to describe and belittle [minor student], their classmate of a different race,” the lawsuit states. “It involves more than harassment by students. It involves the overarching failures by adults to take appropriate preventative and remedial measures against such harassment. Foreseeably, [minor student] tried to handle the harassment herself by striking back. And when she did, Bledsoe County Schools came down excessively hard, suspending her for 365 calendar days.”
For more, see the May 10 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.