On Thursday, North said the district already discouraged students from racism and bullying through programs, detailed in a five-page document he provided to reporters, which he said was used in the schools prior to Allen’s complaints.
“There is no place for racial harassment or bullying within our schools. We educate students and staff in an effort to prevent it from occurring,” he said in a statement. He said he had not seen the complaint.
Newman said the Lebanon district could possibly avoid a federal civil rights lawsuit by taking additional steps. He pointed to a symposium scheduled this weekend in the Colerain schools north of Cincinnati in response to a similar case.
“Race is an issue at both schools. Racial disharmony is at both schools,” he said.