Fourth Family Joins Lawsuit Against Duluth Edison Charter Schools

Updated: June 16, 2019 11:45 AM

A fourth family has joined a federal lawsuit that accuses Duluth Edison Charter Schools of racial discrimination, court documents say.

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According to court documents, the student, who is biracial, attended North Star Academy for kindergarten. The student was removed at the start of the following year due to safety concerns.

RELATED: Lawsuit Accused Duluth Edison Charter Schools of Racial Discrimination

The Duluth News Tribune first reported this story.

The amended complaint says the student regularly experienced racial harassment and discrimination by white students and staff. One of the concerns stems from an incident in which the student was allegedly punched in the ribs by an older white student while riding the bus to school. The family of the student also alleges a white student once threatened to stab the biracial student with a screwdriver because they looked "different." The white student was never disciplined.

In addition to these new allegations, the amended complaint also claimed two additional counts of retaliation and one count of denial of equal protection, race discrimination and failure to train.

Timothy Sullivan, one of the attorneys who represents Duluth Edison Charter Schools, told WDIO News that laws protecting student privacy prevent the schools from responding to the amended complaint. He also said the following:

"The school strongly denies any allegation of discriminatory conduct and the school will vigorously defend itself against these allegations in the court of law. There is nothing more important to Duluth Edison Charter Schools than the well-being of the students that it educates every day."  

Three families, whose children have attended Edison Charter Schools, filed the original lawsuit in April. 

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