Alma McGowan was awarded $220,000 in a harassment suit against the Spencer County, Kentucky school system.
McGowan alleges that she was harassed and taunted by students over a period of four years, and that the school district did not nothing to punish her harassers or discourage the harassment, most of which was anti-gay.
McGowan was regularly subject to lesbian-baiting and called "lezzie" at a school assembly. She was taunted because of her German nationality, and threatened with rape. McGowan was eventually forced to leave school for home instruction after one student allegedly threatened to burn down her family's house.
A federal jury ruled in favor of McGowan after agreeing that the Spencer County school system had shown "deliberate indifference" to McGowan's complaints.
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .