Group Asks Feds to Investigate KY School District

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

RUSSELL, Ky. (AP) -- A civil rights organization has asked a pair of federal agencies to investigate the Russell Independent Schools in eastern Kentucky over allegations that a 14-year-old Asian-American student has been repeatedly harassed.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, based in Philadelphia, filed the complaints last week with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. The complaints were filed on behalf of Milena Clarke and her parents, Terry and Christi Clarke.

AALDEF attorney Thomas Mariadason told The Independent that school officials have an obligation to stop any alleged harassment once they've been notified of it.

School district attorney Michael Schmidt of Paintsville says the district hasn't been given a fair opportunity to investigate and address the complaints.

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