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Settlement in NY School District Gay-Bias Lawsuit

Friday Aug 9, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. - A northern New York school district has agreed to a series of measures to combat bullying as part of a settlement of a former student's anti-gay bias lawsuit.

The advocacy group Lambda legal sued the Indian River Central School District in 2009 on behalf of Charles Pratt, who said he was harassed before dropping out of high school when he was 15. The federal discrimination suit also claimed the rights of Pratt and his sister, Ashley Petranchuk, were violated when the district near Watertown refused their requests to form a gay-straight alliance.

Under the settlement announced Thursday by both sides, the district will hire a consultant for developing anti-harassment training and policies and take other steps to keep track and combat bullying.

Asked if the settlement includes monetary damages or costs, a Lambda spokesman said the deal is confidential.

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