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.
Berkeley High should ensure survivors of sexual assault or harassment can avoid contact with the alleged perpetrator, switching classes, if necessary.
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.
By Delency Parham & Maya Cueva
Bay Area rock band The Blondies have grown up together, working their way up from summer camp stages to venues like the Stork Club in Oakland and Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. The members, some freshly graduated from high school, are navigating the adult world, and it’s reflected in their music.
There were 165 complaints of bullying, sexual harassment and other types of harassment were reported in Berkeley schools in the 2014-15 school year, according to a report set to go before the School Board on Wednesday night.
In Berkeley, a topic of concern is “disproportionality,” the discrepancy between how often students of color are disciplined compared to their population. One of the greatest deterrents to the school-to-prison pipeline is prevention. Education, training, and a culture of respect lead to a safer school environment, which in turn leads to fewer incidents. Stronger, safer policies coupled with a consistent response to bullying and harassment of any kind, lead to fewer suspensions.
By Francesca Paris
Amid a federal investigation on whether Berkeley High School inadequately responded to sexual harassment claims, the Berkeley School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to pass a new, interim sexual harassment policy.