A victory for students.
On January 6 the Morgan Hill Unified School District agreed to settle the lawsuit, brought in 1998 by six students who described an environment of antigay taunts and violence in which teachers and school officials did nothing to stop it. The district agreed to provide antibias training for personnel and "age-appropriate" programs for students. It also agreed to pay $1.1 million, including $560,000 for the plaintiffs.
Freddie Fuentes, now 24, who said he was repeatedly beaten up and called "faggot," hopes to use the money for college. So does former Morgan Hill student Jeanette Dousharm, 24, who may become a teacher. "No money can makeup for what happened to us," she said. "But if we can make sure that this doesn't go on, then that's something)"--Lisa Neff
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|Title Annotation:||Education; Morgan Hill Unified School District|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 17, 2004|
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