Anti-Semitism case against N.Y. school district should continue, D.A. says

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The U.S. District Attorney's Office has weighed in on the lawsuit against the Pine Bush School District by Jewish families alleging anti-Semitism in the district.

A court brief filed Friday by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Byars, of New York's Southern District, the office writes that "in sum, there are genuine issues of material fact in the record on summary judgment that raise questions as to whether the district was deliberately indifferent to the known harassment."

In particular, Byars writes evidence presented by the three Jewish families could show the district's disciplinary system was inadequate to accurately track — and therefore to adequately and promptly respond to — anti-Semitic incidents in the district's schools.

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