ACLU, Cassia district settle discrimination dispute

The American Civil Liberties Union is declaring victory in a 2-year-old dispute involving a former student at Declo High School.

Sierra Norman had filed a civil rights complaint, saying she was the subject of gender and religious discrimination. Norman, the ACLU and the Cassia County School District reached a settlement this week.

cassia-logo“I’m so happy that we are finally seeing a positive change in the Cassia County School District and that no future student is going to have to go through what I did,” Norman said in an ACLU news release.

The dispute centered on student body elections at Declo High School.

Norman had wanted to run for student body president, but was barred from the ballot.

School officials said Norman was not eligible to run because she was not a full-time student. Norman said her courseload included online classes through the Idaho Digital Learning Academy — and she said the district made allowances for another student government candidate, a male student who was a member of the Mormon Church.

In its news release, the ACLU said the district has agreed to make sure all students have equal access to school activities.

The district said little about the settlement, except to confirm that an agreement had been reached.

“Both parties were able to work together and come to a mutually acceptable solution,” spokeswoman Debbie Critchfield said Friday.

 

More about the settlement from the Twin Falls Times-News.