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Wallkill Valley Regional High School and its superintendent are being sued by the family of Nasir Dickerson, a Lenape Valley student that was allegedly the target of racial slurs from the crowd during a February 13 basketball game. According to the New Jersey Herald, the lawsuit was filed in state Superior Court in Morris County on February 22.
Nasir's mother, Stephanie, said Wallkill Valley supporters made "monkey" noises at her son and yelled out words that included "monkey" and the "n-word." She also claims that officials and school administrators did nothing to stop the derogatory statements aimed at her son.
The suit reportedly says that Nasir has suffered "considerable psychological distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, among other things," due to what happened at the game. It also claims that Nasir's father, Ashon, was in "considerable fear for his life" and suffered "extreme embarrassment and anguish" when he was ejected toward the end of the game.
The family is reportedly seeking general compensatory, punitive and special damages, interest according to law, attorney fees and cost of the suit.
According to the New Jersey Herald, at Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting WVRHS Superintendent David Carr said, "I will say, unlike social media, we are going to wait until the facts are in and an investigation is concluded before I can make a comment. And it's hard, trust me."
Read the NJHerald.com story here.