Last March, Genevieve Mage saw a 2003 yearbook photo of her colleague Matthew Bissell inappropriately hugging a 17-year-old student. She couldn’t let it go.
Shortly before the suit was filed, a district Title IX investigation found that former chemistry teacher and football coach Matthew Bissell engaged in a years-long pattern of inappropriate behavior.
The students hope that the lawsuit, if successful, could pave the way for more safeguards for survivors in the future.
Campus culture and safety issues have bubbled to the surface at Berkeley High School this week, with students publicly accusing their classmates of sexual assault and their administration of failing to prevent it.
A female student at Berkeley High School has sued the Berkeley Unified School District over how administrators handled her attempted rape on campus last year, new records show.
The California Department of Education said BUSD underplayed the extent to which a student was being harassed, misclassifying the taunts she received as bullying rather than sexual harassment.
All week, students are putting on events to protest the Supreme Court nominee and express support for his accusers.
Events range from screenings of ‘Hidden Figures’ and vagina-shaped cookie decorating to a rally in the park after school on Thursday.
After being a victim of harassment within BUSD, a 14-year-old student said she was told the safest thing to do was for her to leave the school.
Many students are frustrated at the pace BUSD responds to sexual harassment claims but a newly hired Title IX coordinator might help.