DOYLESTOWN, PA — (10-08-22) — The largest School District in Pennsylvania, Central Bucks, have had a complaint filed against them over allegedly creating a culture of LGBTQ Discrimination by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU of Pennsylvania filed a federal complaint Thursday alleging that one of the largest school districts in the state has created a widespread anti-LGBTQ culture towards students, transgender and nonbinary students.
In the complaint, which is partially redacted to protect students’ privacy, lawyers representing seven unnamed students say after an extensive investigation, they uncovered that the Central Bucks School District has chronically failed to address what they call “persistent and severe” bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students. The lawyers interviewed dozens of LGBTQ students and their parents, as well as current and former teachers and staff.
The complaint filed by the ACLU of Pennsylvania also alleges sex-based discrimination that violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and Title IX, a federal civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination in any education program receiving federal funds.
Attorney Vic Walczak, who filed the complaint on behalf of ACLU Pennsylvania, and who was one of the authors of the complaint, told NBC News he was made aware of several other alleged instances of students being hospitalized after facing anti-LGBTQ harassment.
“Since we’ve filed this, I’ve gotten a couple of more complaints from staff,” he said. “Everybody’s asking the question, ‘Why is this going on?’”
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Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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