Suit Alleges L.A. Unified Did Not Step in When Gay Student Was Bullied

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A lawsuit filed Friday against the Los Angeles Unified School District by a former student alleges administrators failed to intervene when he was bullied and taunted for months last year about his sexuality.


James Anthony Scott, identified as Shear, claimed LAUSD administrators failed to intervene when he was bullied about his sexuality. (Credit: KTLA)

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges sexual orientation discrimination, harassment based on sexual orientation and negligence.

James Anthony Scott, identified as Shear, is “seeking damages according to proof at trial,” according to a statement from his attorney, Gloria Allred.

Shear was a 15-year-old sophomore at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Van Nuys when he witnessed an autistic student being harassed by peers, according to the suit. Shear alerted administrators to the situation, the suit says, and then the bullies turned on him.

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