Dolan Media Newswire: “Two Williamsburg County students and members of their family have reached a $150,000 settlement in what may be the first Title VI lawsuit based on claims of intra-racial discrimination in South Carolina public schools. . . . The two students each received $50,000, and two family members who filed the suits on their behalf received $25,000 apiece. . . . Title VI prohibits allowing a racially hostile educational environment in schools and programs receiving federal financial assistance and provides for a private cause of action for violations. . . . [The younger student] claimed she suffered emotional trauma because she was subjected to racial and sexual slurs at . . . elementary school . . . Despite complaints, school administrative staff and district officials allowed the abuse to ‘ecalate to the point where [she] was physically threatened, assaulted and battered,’ the suit alleged. ‘You have a culture where to act like you want to do well in school is considered acting white. And that is part of why we’re saying that it was racial, even though the students were all of the same race because they weren’t acting how the others thought they should be acting as members of that race’ . . . .”
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