ALBANY — A pair of recent Albany High graduates who claim they were the targets of pornographic text messages, aggressive behavior and other threats from a classmate have filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education, contending that administrators at the school let the abuse continue while failing to protect the alleged victims.
The female students, who graduated in 2018 and now attend college, have been interviewed by the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights, according to a source familiar with the matter. The office enforces Title IX, the federal law intended to protect students from sexual discrimination or harassment.
Albany school officials acknowledge their attorney, Jeff Honeywell, has been contacted by federal authorities, but they are unsure of the status of any potential case against the district.
“The Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education has contacted us,” said spokesman Ron Lesko. “However, no complaint or investigation has commenced.”
Additionally, documents from the State Education Department show that district officials tried to implement a gag order on the case in 2018, while it was being investigated by state officials.
“A protective order barring the parties from disseminating the pleadings and supporting documents is necessary to comply with the legal rights of …read more
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