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District faces civil rights claims after allegedly ‘outing’ lesbian student


After facing lawsuits from Barbara Wyatt, who claimed the Kilgore Independent School District in Tyler, Texas “aggressively confronted” her 16-year-old daughter about her sexual orientation after hearing a rumor, the district still faces civil rights claims, the Courthouse News Service reports. The previous lawsuits were against softball coaches Rhonda Fletcher and Cassandra Newell, who allegedly interrogated the teenager in a locker room on March 2, 2009. Athletic Director Douglas Duke was also sued for not properly training the coaches, and the district for maintaining that they are legally obligated to “disclose the sexual orientation of their students to parents, without consent,” the court documents said according to the News Journal...

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