EUGENE, Ore. (AP)—A federal trial is under way in a lawsuit that accuses Harrisburg school officials of failing to protect a middle school boy with Tourette’s syndrome.
The boy’s mother testified Tuesday that he was shoved, slapped and taunted with anti-gay slurs from others who perceived his neurological disorder as homosexual. She pulled him out of the seventh grade in 2010 and they now live out of state.
The Register-Guard reports the school district attorney says it has policies and training to discourage bullying but middle school students don’t always treat each other kindly.
The lawsuit seeks $250,000.