School District to Pay Thousands for Racial Discrimination Settlement

By Jillian Marshall

School District to Pay Thousands for Racial Discrimination Settlement

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM EST

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Ithaca City School District is dishing out thousands to a former student who was harassed because of her race.

On Feb. 12, the Board of Education of the Ithaca City School District approved a $200,000 settlement of all claims by Epiphany Kearney.

Kearney filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the district after being repeatedly harassed by a group of boys at the middle school during the 2005-2006 school year.

According to Kearney's mother, the boys called her racial slurs, spit on her and even held up KKK signs for several months throughout the school year.

At that time, school officials said they disciplined the boys.

Ithaca City Schools will pay $75,000 of the settlement. The district's insurance will cover the rest.

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