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Civil rights lawsuit filed against Saucon Valley School District, others

HELLERTOWN, Pa. - The Saucon Valley School District has been slapped with a civil rights lawsuit.

It claims the school district failed to protect a pair of black students from repeated racial intimidation and that school officials neglected to discipline the offending students.

The suit, filed by the parents, says their boys have received repeated racial threats at the high school and middle school.

The lawsuit says one of the boys was the target of a racially charged video made by a white student.

The boy who made the video was charged with ethnic intimidation.

The student targeted in the video was also charged with simple assault after punching the boy who made the video.

The parents also claim that a group of students who identify themselves as "rednecks" put a Confederate flag around one of their son's shoulders and told him to "wear it with pride."

The suit also cites school board member Ed Inghrim’s who, at a board hearing, said concerning racism allegations, "If you can't handle this day to day bigotry, then it's your problem. It is not, in my mind, the responsibility of the government to basically introduce political correctness, to tell people what they can say and what they cannot say."

The Borough of Hellertown, Northampton County, Saucon Valley School District, Saucon Valley High School, Saucon Valley Middle School, former Saucon Valley High School Principal Eric Kahler, current Saucon Valley High School Principal Kenneth Napaver, Saucon Valley High School Assistant Principal Lori Gamble, Saucon Valley Middle School Principal Pamela Bernardo, Saucon Valley Middle School Assistant Principal Thomas Halcisak, and 10 John Does are all listed as defendants in the lawsuit. 

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages.

Read the lawsuit here


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