Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District gives update on ACLU complaint investigation

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Chippewa Falls School District says an investigation into student complaints about discrimination shows no evidence the district violated Wisconsin’s pupil discrimination law.

In June, the American civil liberties union of Wisconsin filed the complaint against the district for what it called a “chronic failure to address instances of sexual, racial and gender-based harassment on school grounds.”

The ACLU’s complaint was made on behalf of four recent graduates.

Today, the school district says an investigator found no evidence the district has created or is responsible for a hostile environment.

The district says it will continue its efforts to ensure all students demonstrate respect for one another. The investigation that the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District commissioned to investigate a pupil discrimination complaint brought by the ACLU has concluded that there is no evidence that the district violated Wisconsin’s Pupil Discrimination Law.

The investigator interviewed approximately 35 individuals, reviewed a considerable volume of documents, and followed any number of leads in developing the information needed to resolve this complaint.

The investigator interviewed all of the co-complainants, as well as current and former administrators, and current and former staff members. The investigator also interviewed a parent of current students, several parents of former students, and an outside individual.

The district has made considerable efforts and has invested substantial time and resources in providing a welcoming environment for all students. The district has implemented any number of programs and initiatives to serve this objective and will continue its efforts to make certain that all students feel safe and valued.

While the investigator’s decision makes clear that the district is not responsible for individuals.

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