A local family sues the Bellevue City School District for racial discrimination.
They say their now 16-year-old daughter, who was on the honor roll, a cheerleader, class vice president and an athlete, was called the N-word and mistreated.
The family packed up and moved to Sandusky.
The school district recently settled for over $100,000. But said, the settlement was "with no admission of liability or guilt on the part of the school district."
Here is the entire statement from Bellevue City Schools Superintendent Kim Schubert:
"The Bellevue City School District was sued in Federal court in October 2013 for racial discrimination. The case was recently settled with no admission of liability or guilt on the part of the school district.
There are no winners or losers in a case like this when a settlement is reached. The school district has an insurance policy which covers cases such as this. Our insurance company provided the legal counsel and they played a major role in determining the course of action that was taken throughout the court process.
Part of the court process is to determine if a settlement can be reached without having to incur the cost of a trial. It was determined that even if the school district won the trial it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more to go to trial than to settle and avoid the costs incurred by a trial. The school district insurance company incurred 100% of the settlement cost so it did not cost our taxpayers any money to settle the case.
The bottom line is that this decision was made in order to save the additional costs of a trial. The plaintiff’s did not win the case and we did not settle the case because we felt there was any wrongdoing on the part of the district.
It would not be ethical or productive for me or anyone from our school district to argue the points of this case in the media. We have educational programs in place that promote a safe and caring environment. Our students are strongly encouraged to report all incidents of bullying or discrimination so that any issues can be resolved. We continue to promote a positive culture of respect in all of our schools."