ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Talks are underway involving the lawsuit against the state’s largest school district.

The case involves charges of the way gay students and others in Anoka-Hennepin say they were treated at school.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, the doors to the St. Paul Federal Courthouse were locked, so it could be a long evening until a settlement is reached. There is no settlement yet, and officials are meeting with Magistrate Judge Steven Rau for more than nine hours trying to resolve a matter involving the Anoka-Hennepin School District’s neutrality policy.

About a month ago, five students, their parents and a group of attorneys met outside the school to announce the lawsuits. It’s been an all-day discussion to have the Anoka-Hennepin sexual orientation curriculum policy dropped.

The students contend that the current policy within the school district leads to an atmosphere in those schools where gay and lesbian students are bullied and harassed. The policy states that teachers must remain neutral on the subject of sexual orientation if it comes up in a classroom, but it doesn’t stop them from intervening in the case of bullying or harassing.

The students themselves claimed they were attacked and harassed both physically and emotionally, and that they’re due damages because of the harassment. The school district said it’s policy is only meant to keep classroom curriculum neutral.

The lawsuit seeks to have the policy dropped altogether, and it also seeks to have teachers and administrators go through sensitivity training. It also calls for school assemblies to address intolerance among students.

Comments (11)
  1. Jebus says:

    Anoka-Hennepin should just drop the policy. The head of the district’s teacher’s union went on record stating that there is confusion among the teaching staff on how to implement the neutrality policy. That’s a bad sign (and usually indicative of a poor policy). Addressing a controversial issue by implementing a poorly understood policy is just asking for a lawsuit. Anoka-Hennepin must have money to spare because they are going to need it if they don’t settle..

  2. KeepItReal says:

    Yes. One of my legs is shorter than the other and kids tease me all day long. I need a 250K settlement to make my mom and dad, er, I mean make me feel better.

    1. Kevin says:

      Excellent point…..back in the closet they go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Brenda says:

    It seems that Kevin has already used that super glue to glue his mind shut.

    1. Kevin says:

      Sorry rainbow girl….my views are not yours. I am against gays due to my own beliefs…which are not your beliefs….so I am sure I am wrong…..My church states the gay lifestyle is a sin…..enjoy the ride down….oh and pack those rainbow flags…..they might help keep the heat off you….

      1. Jesus Saves says:

        Aren’t you the Kevin that keeps posting “ain’t diversity grand” on the ‘CCO website every time a black person is reported to have committed a crime ? What church do you go to…westboro baptist? So you apparently don’t like black or gay people and then you whine when someone calls you a hater. What a scared little life you must live.

  4. Jesus Saves says:

    Why do they need to go in a closet? Is that where you lurk, pervball.

  5. Redneck Purist says:

    The super glue might keep it closed for the boys, but not them girls. Woof. Some scary, mean looking ladies. The Packers offensive line could hold them gals in.

    But what I want to know is, when will these hyper-sensitive weirdos be happy? Are they not happy that we all have to tip-toe around them, or do we have all vocally, publicly endorse their lifestyle choice? THERE IS NO POLICY THAT WILL SATISFY THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT HAPPY AND CAN’T ADMIT WHY. That is why they will milk the school district and the courts and the citizens for cash. They will look for any excuse and point to every little perceived sleight to sue. Anoka Schools could let them write their own policy and practise it perfectly, and I promise, they will not be satisfied.

  6. HWG says:

    People have been picking on the weak and different since the beginning of time. Having a law that tells us we should not do that will not work. Just look at how good the laws work that tell us not to steal, cheat or kill. The few tat are doing this will continue with or with out policy against it. The only way to stop it is to remove the offenders from the general public.

  7. Donald says:

    Do not sue the school system. After all we all pay into that system. I think these folks might have a valid claim but please don’t sue the school system as you are suing me and my neighbors and we did not cause this. The school board must look into this.

    1. Kevin says:

      Gays do not care who are punished! They just need to be angry and froce their beliefs down your throat! They do not care that “WE” are going to have to pay for this bs….they are entitled……we owe it to them to force public shcools to teach the gay lifestyle….instead lets teach relgion…..and if you dont share their beliefs….your an evil gay hater…..what a joke….send them all back to california….its all worked out well there……

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