School district addresses harassment, bullying

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    Now that schools are back in session, a renewed effort is being made to keep West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) students in classrooms.

    The West County Times offered this report today about the West Contra Costa School District’s latest efforts to halt sexual harassment and bullying in its schools.

    The efforts follow an Office of Civil Rights report last fall that found harassment “permeated the educational environment at school sites and that the district had not undertaken school-wide or district-wide initiatives sufficient to address it.”

    A 2009 gang rape at Richmond High School was one of the incident that sparked concern.

    “Evidence included verbal and physical conduct by students, including sexual assaults, unwelcome touching, demands for sexual favors, and the use of sexually derogatory language created a hostile environment at district schools,” according to the Office of Civil Rights, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Education.

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