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Federal Probe Finds Harassment, Discrimination At Boston Latin School, Orders Reforms

Shortly after students left classes Monday, US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz announced that a sweeping civil rights investigation at Boston Latin School found a climate of racial discrimination and harass-ment and that staff failed to properly address student complaints, leading to at least one violation of the federal Civil Rights Act.

The civil rights probe, commissioned in March, confirmed reports of discrimination first publicly made by students in January, including an incident in which a black female student was called a racial slur by a male student who also threatened to lynch her with an electrical cord. Ortiz found that the school’s mishandling of the incident was a direct violation of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination and harassment at public schools.