Parents, school reach settlement in Colerain rap video suit
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -
Four parents of African-American students at Colerain High School have reached a settlement with Northwest Local School District regarding a lawsuit they filed saying the students' constitutional rights were violated.
The lawsuit alleged that the students were expelled from school for making rap music videos off campus. A total of 14 students were expelled or recommended for expulsion for specific violations of the district's code of conduct.
The federal suit, filed in September on behalf of the students, states the students were rounded up April 10 by Colerain High School administrators and police officers and interrogated about social media posts and their "affiliations with other African-American youth."
Administrators reportedly accused more than a dozen African-American students of belonging to a gang and said the posts on social media made several unidentified parents and students feel "uncomfortable," it states.
A statement from the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC says that the settlement, which was reached Monday, does not "determine the rights of the students or the merits of the position taken by the school administration." Instead, it says, the goal of the settlement is to create a partnership between the parties to promote diversity at the school.