Anoka-Hennepin’s Diane Cleveland denies gay harassment


By EMILY JOHNS
Star Tribune
An Anoka-Hennepin teacher who was disciplined for harassing a student she thought was gay “steadfastly” denied Thursday that she ever harassed or intended to harass a student, according to her attorney.

“She does not in any way acknowledge harassing anybody,” said Phil Villaume, the attorney for teacher Diane Cleveland.

Villaume was responding to documents obtained from the school district by the Star Tribune that include more information about the district’s investigation of Cleveland, the discipline that followed and an account of the teacher’s defense of her actions to a district official.

The district did not provide documents for a second teacher, Walter Filson, accused of similar actions, because it is not clear whether his discipline has been completed, which determines whether the documents are public. Full story.

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