Published On: Tue, Jun 30th, 2015

Upstate New York School District Settle Anti-Semitism Suit for $4.48 Million


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The Pine Bush School District located in upstate New York has agreed to settle a three year old civil suit brought by five current and former Jewish students who claimed that they were the victims of anti-semitic abuse. The school district has settled the case for $4.48 million.

The plaintiffs had charged that Pine Bush, located about a 90 minute drive North of New York City and which serves Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, had failed to do anything in response to their continued complaints about the abuse.

The agreement will be presented for approval on July 9th to White Plains Federal Judge Kenneth Karas.

Pine Bush posted a joint statement on its website together with the plaintiffs as part of the settlement agreement which read, in part, “Anti-Semitic harassment is wrong. The district will never condone anti-Semitic slurs or graffiti, Holocaust ‘jokes’ or physical violence. No family should have to experience the hurt and pain that bullying and name-calling can cause children to endure because of their religious, national or cultural identity.”

The school district went on to say that it has taken a number of steps in recent years to deal with the problem of ant-semitic harassment in its schools. These include improvements in how it monitors the problems and responds to complaints. It is working with the Anti-Defamation League to fight prejudice and has expanded its schools’ curricula to include more education on the problem.

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