Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Cas That Preceded the Guide

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Cas That Preceded the Guide

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In January, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that may have major implications concerning schools' responsibility to protect students from harassment.

The lawsuit, Davis v Monroe County Board of Education, was brought against school officials in Forsyth, Ga., by Aurelia Davis, an African American women whose daughter, LaShonda, was repeatedly harassed by a boy in her fifth grade class. According to the suit, the boy rubbed up against LaShonda, grabbed at her breasts, and told her that he wanted to "get into bed" with her. Despite Davis' repeated complaints to school officials, no action was taken to stop the behavior.

Davis is attempting to bring her case under Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funds. Davis' lawyer, Verna L. Williams, argued that the statute should be interpreted broadly enough to allow lawsuits if school officials fail to take action when sexual harassment becomes so serious it interferes with a child's right to an education. …

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