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Saucon Valley halts documentary filming in classrooms

SAUCON VALLEY, Pa. - The Saucon Valley School Board held a special meeting Thursday where members discussed the potential documentary to be filmed at the school.

The film will highlight some students and staff as they deal with racial issues at the school in Northampton County. Earlier this year, the district was hit with a civil rights lawsuit claiming administrators failed to protect a pair of black students from repeated racial intimidation.

According to a video from the meeting, there was a motion to rescind the authority of the superintendent to engage in a documentary with Lincoln Square Productions. The motion was approved 5 to 2.

A second motion was made to limit Lincoln Square Productions filming to only the Spirit Team and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee with written consent forms signed. Filming in classrooms is no longer allowed. The motion was approved 6 to 1.

An informational letter was sent to Saucon Valley High School families on Aug. 8, but it came to the district's attention only a portion of people received the letter. According to the district's website, it was due to a technology malfunction. The letter is in the process of being re-sent. 

You can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the filming of the documentary here.


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