Gay teenager compensated by New York school district that failed to stop bullying
The New York Civil Liberties Union won a judgement for a bullied teen [pictured] in New York’s Mohawk Central School District. As a result, the District must compensate the 14-year old student for failing to protect him from relentless harassment, physical abuse and threats of violence.
The student, whose name has never been made public and who attorneys refer to as Jacob, will receive a payment of $50,000 from the school district. Mohawk also must pay $25,000 in legal fees to the civil liberties union, and the district must reimburse the student for professional counseling through June 2013 at a rate of up to $100 per week.
Jacob has since moved to a neighboring district, where he is said to be much happier. Jacob’s father, Robert Sullivan, who has a different last name, said the money “is for Jacob’s future” and hopes that the settlement inspires other districts to change.
“Maybe this can be a door-opener for other schools,” Sullivan said.