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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1994
Pomona College has dropped disciplinary proceedings against a former student who was accused of rape. In March, a woman student filed a charge with the school's disciplinary board, accusing the man--who at that time was a senior--of having raped her 2 1/2 years earlier. The charge carried a possible penalty of expulsion. The woman never reported the incident to police.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The UCLA student who was stunned with a Taser gun by campus police when he refused to show his identification filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that his civil rights were violated and that police acted in a brutal fashion. In the 16-page suit, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, 23, sued the university, campus police and half a dozen officers, claiming they used excessive force and violated the Americans With Disabilities Act in the Nov. 14 incident in Powell Library.
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NEWS
April 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
A principal suspended after he threatened to ban mixed-race couples from the high school prom was reinstated Thursday by the school board. The board overrode the recommendation of the county school superintendent in its 4-2 vote to reinstate Hulond Humphries as principal of Randolph County High School. A white member of the Randolph County School Board, Joe Belue, resigned immediately after joining the lone black member of the panel in voting to fire Humphries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Mater Dei High School officials must release the names of faculty and students involved in abuse allegations during a nine-year period ending in 1997, a judge ruled Thursday. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed last year by a former student who alleges a coach at Mater Dei, a Roman Catholic school in Santa Ana, sexually abused her. Orange County Superior Court Judge Jonathan H.
NEWS
July 25, 1996 | Associated Press
A school can be sued for sexual harassment between students if school officials knew of the harassment, or should have known, and did nothing to stop it, a federal judge has said. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland, dated Monday, involves a suit by a former Petaluma junior high school student who says officials ignored or belittled her complaints of harassment for a year and a half.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lawsuit filed by the parents of a teenage girl raises an unusual legal question: When a student helps a school investigate threats, who pays if the young informant is sued? The attorney for the girl's parents, Stephen and Kimberly Tapia, said they are stuck with a $40,000 legal bill because their daughter did what school officials have been urging students to do since the 1999 Columbine massacre: Tell authorities if they see or hear anything suspicious.
NEWS
May 26, 1994 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 6-year-old kindergartner who allegedly bit teachers, threw a desk, hit and spit at students and sent a teacher and her aide out on medical leave was sued Wednesday by a Huntington Beach school district, apparently the first lawsuit of its kind in Orange County. The suit by the Ocean View Elementary School District asks the court to remove Jimmy Peters, who is described in the suit as handicapped and developmentally disabled, from regular classes at Circle View Elementary School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1990 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Latino student sued two Escondido High School teachers Wednesday in federal court, accusing them of making racial slurs against him in front of his peers. The suit alleges that Gerry Ferman and Robert McKinley, both social studies teachers, had called Robert Chavez a "wanna-be white boy" and "a coconut, white on the inside and brown on the outside" during class Nov. 27, 1989, when Chavez was not present.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1988
Staff members of a Catholic high school in Burbank uttered racial slurs to a student of Japanese ancestry and expelled her a month before graduation, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. However, Sister Lucille Dean, principal of Providence High School, denied the allegations and said that Patricia Masuda, 18, had not been expelled. Masuda voluntarily withdrew from the 300-student private school last Thursday, Dean said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
A Cal State Fullerton student and her husband have sued the university, alleging discrimination by three faculty members. The lawsuit alleges that Sharon Long, who it says has learning disabilities, was refused extra time that she requested to complete her final examinations. It accuses Michael Davis, John Reinard and Beth Wilkes of intentionally and negligently inflicting emotional distress, illegally discriminating against a disabled student and violating public policies.
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October 20, 2004 | From Associated Press
Lawyers for a 17-year-old Muslim girl who dropped out of school because she said she was bullied by other students sued the Washoe County School District on Tuesday for not taking steps to stop such harassment. The civil rights lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by Allen Lichtenstein, ACLU of Nevada general counsel, and Reno lawyer Kenneth McKenna on behalf of Jana Elhifny, who moved with her family from Egypt last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2002 | SUZIE ST. JOHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Julie McHugh didn't need to think twice when asked if she'd like a free shopping trip courtesy of Mervyn's Community Closet. An opportunity for a new outfit doesn't come along too often for this 28-year-old mother of four. For McHugh, the timing couldn't have been better. After her shopping excursion aboard the department store's converted 72-foot big-rig truck, McHugh was headed for her third--and, it turns out, final--interview for a position as a teacher at the child-care center at Amgen Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pasadena school officials have been ordered by a judge to halt the collection of fees for extracurricular activities and have tentatively agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit by reimbursing students who paid the fees the last three years. Attorneys for both the Pasadena Unified School District and three parents, who filed the lawsuit challenging the fees as unconstitutional, agreed to the order issued Thursday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann Kough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine Co. and the city of Orange have settled a lawsuit with a 19-year-old USC student over a 1,746-home development in east Orange. Freshman Christopher Koontz will drop the suit in exchange for a number of concessions by the developer, including enhanced wildlife protections, improved runoff management plans and consultation with Native Americans about artifacts that may be found on the site of the 494-acre housing project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2001 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Like many graduate students, Chris Brown believes he was underpaid, overworked and not respected. Brown, though, made a federal case out of it. For nearly two years, the former materials engineering graduate student at UC Santa Barbara has waged a quixotic battle against the university, insisting on his right to lambaste university officials and professors in the pages of his master's thesis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI and JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Raising questions about whether school districts can ban Christian student clubs, a state appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit filed by a Mission Viejo teen whose effort to create a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter was rejected by school officials. A lower court threw out the suit before it went to trial, ruling that the Saddleback Valley Unified School District was within its right to prohibit clubs with religious affiliations from meeting on campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
A Mission Viejo High School instructor who is being sued by a student over the school's controversial devil logo will have a 500-mile trek to court after taking a new job in San Jose. Terry Sheppard, a popular telecommunications instructor, vows he will fly back to Orange County whenever necessary to battle the lawsuit. "I'm only one hour from Orange County by plane," he said. "I will be there." Sheppard will leave the school Monday to join Media Arts Group Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Escalating tensions at USC's highly competitive School of Cinema-Television erupted in a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday. John Cork, a 26-year-old directing student, asked the court to block screenings of "The Long Walk Home." The award-winning short film was based on a screenplay written by Cork, but directed by another student.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lawsuit filed by the parents of a teenage girl raises an unusual legal question: When a student helps a school investigate threats, who pays if the young informant is sued? The attorney for the girl's parents, Stephen and Kimberly Tapia, said they are stuck with a $40,000 legal bill because their daughter did what school officials have been urging students to do since the 1999 Columbine massacre: Tell authorities if they see or hear anything suspicious.
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