Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Hackettstown HS to Proceed

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A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a Hackettstown High School student's civil rights lawsuit against the district saying there are "sufficient facts" to support a discrimination claim.

The 17-year-old student says she was verbally harassed and discriminated against due to her political beliefs and because she is openly gay and biracial. The complaint, which was filed by the student's mother, names several district employees and stems from conversations had in meetings with Principal Kevin O'Leary and the school's Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Specialist Jennifer Spuckes. 

According to the New Jersey Herald, the complaint states that the student called a police officer in a play a "pig" during English class. She was then called into a meeting with O'Leary and Spuckes where they allegedly compared the word "pig" to two words used to describe African Americans and homosexuals. They then reportedly asked the student how she would feel if she were called either of those words.

Read the NJHerald.com story here.

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