In a statement to The World, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon says it is “troubled” by North Bend School District’s reassignment of former high school principal.
“It is troubling that people with a clear track record of violating student rights will remain in positions of power in the district,” Kelly Simon wrote in an email, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Oregon. “It is also concerning that the district still has not acknowledged the harms they have caused our clients and other LGBTQ students in North Bend.”
This is in reaction to the district’s announcement earlier this week that it was moving former principal Bill Lucero to the North Bend Middle School as the new vice principal. This change was forced by a settlement agreement between the district and the ACLU of Oregon, which specified that Lucero be removed from any high school position and restricted him from becoming the principal at the middle school.
The settlement was a result after two students revealed discrimination against LGBTQ students from the administration, a teacher who referred to same sex marriage as bestiality, and at least one student being forced to read the Bible as punishment.
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