Black Students’ Suit Claims Racist Abuse

Gillian Flaccus, AP, May 19

LOS ANGELES—Four black students claimed in a civil rights lawsuit Thursday that officials haven’t done enough to quell racist slurs and graffiti by white supremacists at a suburban high school.

The lawsuit, which names the William S. Hart Union High School District, its superintendent and the principal of Valencia High School in suburban Santa Clarita, was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

The lawsuit alleges groups of white students intimidate and insult black students by using racial slurs, painting white supremacist messages on bathroom walls and displaying white power stickers on their clothes, cars and notebooks.

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“If the principal, the superintendent and the school district won’t protect our clients’ rights, then we have faith the courts will,” she said.

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