San Juan Unified School District Civil Rights Complaint
This civil rights complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education on December 18, 2017 alleges Mira Loma High School discriminates against African American students through its racially hostile educational environment. The San Juan Unified School District’s deliberate indifference to discrimination and maintenance of a hostile learning environment at Mira Loma high School violate the students’ rights under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”).
Staff at Mira Loma High School (“Mira Loma”), in the San Juan Unified School District of Sacramento, ignored multiple complaints by students and their family rather than respond to ongoing, vulgar race-based harassment. School staff left one of the students in the same classroom with a student who called her a “nigger” when she raised her hand to participate in class discussions. Mira Loma staff’s acts and omissions led to one student transferring out of the school mid-year because she felt the school environment was intolerable. The complainants’ experiences reflect Mira Loma’s longstanding and pervasive maintenance of a hostile educational environment for African-American students evinced by disparate discipline rates, disparate access to educational opportunities for African-American students, and discriminatory remarks against African-American students made by school staff. Mira Loma’s deliberate indifference to discrimination and maintenance of a hostile learning environment violate the students’ rights under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”).