Video: Anoka-Hennepin teachers on leave for harassment

By: Nicole Muehlhausen
Two teachers accused of harassing a student because of his perceived sexual orientation have been put on leave from the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

District officials say they could not explain why Diane Cleveland and Walter Filson were placed on leave, due to privacy rules. They wouldn’t comment on who approved their leave and whether it was paid administrative leave or not.

Student Alex Merritt, 17, says teachers Cleveland and Filson made countless comments about his sexual orientation.

“She would tell me ‘your boat floats in a different direction than the other guys,'” he said. “I’m straight, never said I was gay.”

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights found there was enough evidence to show that Cleveland and Filson had subjected the student to jokes and taunts, and that the conduct was “egregious enough to compel the student to withdraw from the situation by transferring to another school.” Full story.

Read the Minnesota Dept. of Human Rights report


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