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Civil rights investigation of Amite county schools soon over

August 5, 2018

LIBERTY, Miss. (AP) — The superintendent of Amite County schools says the district will soon put a federal investigation to rest. But Superintendent Scott Whittington disputes the investigation’s conclusions.

A February 2017 complaint alleged a student was harassed by other students, discriminated against by staff members and the student and her mother faced retaliation.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigated.

In a heavily redacted report from August 2017, investigators determined the district didn’t follow federal rules for investigating reported sexual harassment and discriminated against the student based on her sex.

The report was sent to Whittington and posted to the department’s website in August.

The superintendent says he doesn’t believe there’s any proof to the allegations. He expects the district to be released from the case in the coming weeks.

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