North Bend High principal resigns amid discrimination case

The district was accused of forcing some students to read the Bible as punishment.

Posted: May 21, 2018 7:16 PM
Updated: May 22, 2018 7:42 AM

NORTH BEND, Ore. – The principal of North Bend High School is resigning amid allegations of discrimination against LGBTQ students.

Bill Lucero’s resignation is part of a settlement reached between the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon and the district. The district will also commit to improving the climate for LGBTQ students.

READ MORE: North Bend district accused of forcing Bible reading

The case involved two girls who were a couple and complained to the state education department that they suffered harassment at the school, not only from students but also from staff.

The ACLU of Oregon sent to The Associated Press copies of the agreements, signed by North Bend School District Superintendent Bill Yester and the complainants, Olivia Funk and Hailey Smith.

READ MORE: North Bend students speak out about accusations against school district

Mat dos Santos, legal director at the ACLU of Oregon, said it sends a clear message to everyone at the district: There are serious consequences if you break the law by discriminating against LGBTQ students or engaging in religious proselytization at public schools. Punishment for gay and straight students had included forced reading of the Bible.

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