Aberdeen Graduate Sues District

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A 19-year-old graduate from Aberdeen High School is suing the school district there, saying officials did nothing to keep him from being bullied.
Russell Dickerson III says he was subject to repeated bullying because he’s black and because of his perceived sexual orientation.

He says that in one of the incidents three students pushed him down and smashed an egg on his head. He says that in 2007 students in the district created a website mocking him and posting threatening and racist comments.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, which is representing Dickerson, says the district did nothing to stop the harassment even after a judge issued a no contact order between Dickerson and one of his harassers.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Tacoma says the district violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state anti-discrimination law.

Aberdeen School District superintendent Thomas Opstad released a statement yesterday afternoon that while the district had not yet received a copy of the lawsuit filed,

Dickerson is currently a member of School staff providing tutoring to elementary school students, and said that his employment is indicitive of the fact that he feels comfortable in the school district.