Jessica K. v. Eureka City School District
This federal civil rights lawsuit charges top officials in the Eureka City Schools District with allowing pervasive racial and sexual harassment to persist unchallenged in the city’s schools. NCYL filed this lawsuit with the ACLU of Northern California.
NCYL brought this case on behalf of four students to challenge years of intentional discrimination by the District based on their race, sex, and disability status. The District has perpetuated a racially and sexually hostile environment in District schools, and has failed to properly evaluate, identify, and accommodate students with disabilities, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, and federal and state civil rights laws. The District has subjected Black and Native American students to a racially hostile environment by engaging in and allowing pervasive racial harassment, disproportionately and unfairly disciplining Black and Native American students, disproportionately pushing Native American students out of District schools and into alternative schools, and providing racially offensive and culturally denigrating curricula.