AUSD settles with several students over racist posts

ALBANY – The Albany Unified School District has reached monetary settlements with a group of students it suspended for not reporting to district officials an Instagram account created by an Albany High School student that had racist images posted to it.

Ten students filed four lawsuits in federal court over the discipline handed out by the AUSD. Seven of those have reached settlements with the district for a total of $550,000, Three of those settlements will also include attorney’s fees, raising the total payout.

Three students lost their First Amendment claims in a November ruling by Judge James Donato in U.S. District Court. Those three are the creator of the account and two students who “liked” or commented on the racist memes. None of them are part of the settlements.

The AUSD had…

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