Maine school district faces lawsuit over anti-gay bullying allegations


BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Maine Human Rights Commission says it plans legal action against the Brunswick School District over a former junior high school student who said he was bullied, harassed and assaulted by other students who thought he was gay.

Brunswick-School-DistrictExecutive Director Amy Sneirson tells The Times Record the commission’s lawsuit will be aimed at “improving policies” within the district.

The mother of the former student alleges that between August 2010 and August 2012 her son was subjected to repeated instances of bullying due to his “perceived sexual orientation” that went to such extremes that the boy became suicidal.

He stopped attending Brunswick Junior High School after telling his mother he had been sexually assaulted three times.

No criminal charges were ever filed.

The district’s superintendent said he could not comment.

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