A civil liberties group is accusing a Northern California school district of pervasive racism and of condoning weekly traditions in which female students are groped.
The Times-Standard of Eureka reports the American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal lawsuit against Eureka City Schools on Wednesday.
It alleges school officials have ignored complaints of racial taunting and bullying and disproportionately disciplined minority students. It also alleges district staff condoned and even participated in the groping traditions.
The lawsuit was filed in conjunction with the National Center for Youth Law on behalf of four teenage African American and Native American students. It seeks monetary damages and administrative changes.
In a statement, the district said it does not tolerate harassment or discrimination, but isn't aware of evidence to support the lawsuit's allegations. It is, however, investigating them.