EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene, Ore. School District has paid $5,000 to settle an Oregon lawsuit that accused it of failing to stop students at a middle school from bullying and harassing a boy they perceived as gay.
It said he was diagnosed with depression, panic disorder and social phobia, and he moved to a private school where tuition was $10,000 a year.
In the settlement agreement, the district denied wrongdoing and said it settled only to avoid legal costs.
It said when the suit was filed that it has a strong anti-bullying policy and works to stop any inappropriate behavior.
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