Schools could be violating anti-discriminations laws

Posted by Iva Radman – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The U.S. Department of Education is sending a warning to schools, colleges and universities nationwide in response to several high-profile cases of bullying.

Letters will start going out Tuesday. The agency tells schools they could be violating federal anti-discrimination laws if they tolerate or fail to address ethnic, sexual or gender-based harassment.

The department says it is responding to what it senses as a growing problem. Among the cases are the suicides of an 18-year-old Rutgers University student and a 15-year-old Massachusetts girl.

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