As part of a legal settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District will provide a written apology to a former Corona del Mar High School student who claims school officials did little to stop four varsity athletes from harassing her with homophobic and sexist taunts, attorneys in the case announced Wednesday.
The school district also has agreed to provide training on gender issues to students and staff at Corona del Mar High School and other school administrators as part of the settlement.
“I am very happy to know that, because of the trainings and oversight directed at Corona del Mar High School, no one else will have to go through what I went through last year,” former Corona del Mar High School student Hail Ketchum said in a written statement released Wednesday. “School principals and vice principals should offer protection to all students regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Threats against women students along with hate speech against gay or lesbian students should not be tolerated under any circumstances.”