Upstate New York School District Settles Anti-Semitism Suit

PINE BUSH, N.Y. (AP) -

An upstate New York school district will pay $4.48 million and pass curriculum and training reforms to settle a lawsuit filed by five current and former Jewish students who claimed they were victims of anti-Semitism in the schools.

The New York Times reports the suit accused Pine Bush Central School District officials of failing to take action to protect the students from anti-Semitic bullying for years.

The students said they were subjected to racial epithets, physical violence and Nazi salutes, among other forms of intimidation.

Monday’s agreement is subject to approval by a federal judge. It provides the students with two-thirds of the $4.48 settlement. The rest will be used for attorney’s fees.

Judge Kenneth Karas will retain jurisdiction over case for three years to enforce the settlement’s terms.