ACLU Suing Newport-Mesa Schools Over "Rent" Debacle

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials say they were attempting to resolve a complaint stemming from the staging, cancellation and re-staging of the musical Rent at Corona del Mar High School when they learned today the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California was suing the public school system.

The ACLU announced this morning its suit against the district and Corona del Mar High officials "for permitting and sanctioning an atmosphere that is hostile to female, lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender students in general, and has led to despicable threats of violence against one student in particular."

An unidentified female student involved in the production of Rent was allegedly the target of rape and death threats by male students amid an atmosphere of homophobia on the campus that the district has done little to squlech, charges the ACLU. Newport-Mesa Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard, Corona del Mar High School principal Fal Asrani and a vice principal are named in the lawsuit that was filed in Orange County Superior Court.

Legal counsel for the human rights organization contacted Hubbard on March 13 "alleging discrimination and harassment with respect to one student at Corona del Mar High School," confirms a statement the district issued in response to suit. "The district will still attempt to resolve this matter with the plaintiffs and their attorneys. A review of the lawsuit indicates that there are numerous factual errors and mistakes."

It nevertheless goes on to quote Hubbard saying, "These allegations are very serious and the district will utilize its best efforts to ascertain the truth of these matters, as well as to be sure there are procedures in place to allow prompt resolution of any and all disputes regarding discrimination and harassment."

Rent, which is a modern re-telling of Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme with new music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, follows impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to live in New York City's Lower East Side. Some characters are gay and some are HIV-infected. Rent was a monster success on Broadway, where it remains one of the longest-running plays.

Drama teacher Ron Martin has said he chose to present the rock opera because of homophobic comments he's been hearing around CdM High. But after it was announced in February to be the next spring production, Asrani canceled it. Martin says Asrani told him she objected to "prostitution and homosexuality" in the show, something Asrani denied when confronted with the statement. The principal explained part of her job is to review and approve scripts, and when Martin did not provide one, she pulled the plug.

That move drew widespread condemnation, with the story getting reported all across the country. Asrani said in the meantime Martin did produce a script for what is a toned-down, high school-friendly version of the musical. She approved it and the show is set to go on April 23.

Martin conceded to the New York Times today that it was he who contacted the ACLU about the Rent debacle and the alleged threats against the student.

"The homophobic harassment and bullying at the school unfortunately typify a rise in hostility toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students throughout California in the wake of the diverse campaign over Proposition 8," states the ACLU's announcement.

The suit alleges that sexist and homophobic comments are common at the school, and that school officials have done little in response. As part of its proof of the latter is the brief cancellation of Rent and CdM security officers cracking down on students who wore rainbow-colored buttons in support of the production.
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BULLYING WARRIOR
BULLYING WARRIOR

News Alert: NMUSD past Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard and current Assistant Superintendent, Susan Astarita and a few others were named in a claim on 6-13-12 for the pattern of behavior of not keeping a child safe in District after filing complaints and claims previously. It was kept hidden out of the public eye before, during court proceedings and even during sentencing.  In fact the NMUSD Board Meeting back on 12-13-11 served a verbal notice to Jeffrey Hubbard by a Parent on camera and it was edited out for almost 2 months in the public input area. How convenient for this to happen and keep this hidden from Community and public information. Interesting to note this was just before Jeffrey Hubbards trial, during and sentencing. Why was this hidden from the public?   DID NMUSD EVER THINK PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY WERE NOT JUST INTERESTED, BUT DECEIVED IN SOME NEWSPAPERS BY DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AND SOME BOARD MEMBERS STATED THEY SUPPORTED JEFFREY HUBBARD AND NOTHING EVER HAPPENED IN THIS DISTRICT UNDER HIM..... WHO ARE THEY FOOLING? Go to these websites to learn more about REAL STORIES UNDER JEFFREY HUBBARD AND THE COVERUPS IN NMUSD: Please take a stand for our children, families, devoted Teachers and staff. Have a voice for the people afraid to speak up because they do not want retaliation from the power in this District. Youbtube: Bullyingwarrior Twitter: Bullyingwarrior Facebook: Bullying TeachersandPrincipals

Bulling TeachersandPrincipals
Bulling TeachersandPrincipals

News Alert and Actions Taken shared by Bully Warrior and Crusader

Go to Bullyingwarrior under You Tube to see the real story in NMUSD corruption, hurting our children, families, good Teachers and Staff told thru the eyes and words of Parent, Kimberly XX.

When you see something so wrong in a corrupt system how can anyone just walk away and not fight for the safety, equal education, safe work environment  and prove to their child that LAWS PROTECT KIDS AND ALL PEOPLE, especially children with disabilities, People that may have limited resources, Teachers that are Devoted and have Retaliation too if they are not in the Secret Club Called "Power".

Kimberly spoke to others in Community, read stories and was shocked to see not only their family was devastated but so many others. It was important for Kimberly to bring these stories back and let the children and people know their stories and voices were still being heard.

The media, newspapers, internet, Television and radio stations have been gracious and kind to not let these people be forgotten and hearing Kimberly's voice has helped in the healing of her own child and family.

Kimberly experienced the wrath of fear, pain, sorrow, school policies and law broken. The pattern of behavior was something not new to her or the NMUSD Community. If someone does not stand up to these people abusing their POWER, WHAT ARE WE EMULATING TO OUR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, STEPCHILDREN,FOSTER CHILDREN, NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS, Kimberly stated.

See the real story unfold under the past Superintendent, Jeffrey Hubbard that only received 4 days in jail!

NMUSD, other Top School Officials are conducting themselves as Bullies Empowered by POWER AND CONTROLLING ACTIONS, ABUSING THEIR POSITIONS TO BREAK THE TRUST, WASTE TAX DOLLARS AT LOSE FAITH IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.

 (Bullying from Top School Officials) what the hidden and rarely discussed matter is really about.

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Bullyingfromtopschoolofficials
Bullyingfromtopschoolofficials

NMUSD Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard is waiting his fate for ACCOUNTABILITY for the potentially losing tax dollars.

The Familh back in NMUSD is praying for him and his Family during this difficult time.

What ever the outcome it will be hard for the Jurors and not a easy decision.

The family that had their Complaints and Claim denied on 9-12-11 with EVIDENCE supporting claim, want answers too.

They hope the Communities and People across the World will ask why an 11 yr. Old child and Family were not Protected in Complaint/Process.

Retaliation immediately followed, for reporting 5th grade Teacher bringing her baby into her child's class at the time.

Complained confidentially to Principal on 2-4-11 by ph. and in email on 2-14-11 because Teacher still brought Baby back into her child's class anyway!!

Additionally, numerous other times emails, voice mails left by Parent, phone calls to District and Dept. of Education, face to face meetings with Principal and others present at times only made things worse.

Parent attended 3 Board meetings including What she discussed or emailed the Principal. Parent wanted to know why FREE CHILD care with front office Employee, left her job running baby back and forth around campus and back to Teachers classroom for months when it was AGAINST school policy.

Parent was also shocked to read several months later that the District did not keep other children safe like her child.

Hail the theater student at Corona Del Mar Highschool, the Brave Warrior like her daughter and Good Teachers who also shared their own experiences with the District on safety and Bullying experiences.

Parent also met with people in Community and heard even more shocking stories from concerned citizens.

There was another story that was told to Parent about Enson Middle School about a child that was attacked before their fence was built. This advocate was not treated respectfully and not welcomed with some Top District Employees and it seemed they were keeping hidden and invisible to the Pulic.

Parent is wanting to know why these things have happened and the Pattern of Behavior has not improved to UNITE NMUSD Community and Welcome Parent input!

Bullyingfromtopschoolofficials
Bullyingfromtopschoolofficials

NMUSD Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard is waiting his fate for ACCOUNTABILITY for the potentially losing tax dollars.

The Familh back in NMUSD is praying for him and his Family during this difficult time.

What ever the outcome it will be hard for the Jurors and not a easy decision.

The family that had their Complaints and Claim denied on 9-12-11 with EVIDENCE supporting claim, want answers too.

They hope the Communities and People across the World will ask why an 11 yr. Old child and Family were not Protected in Complaint/Process.

Retaliation immediately followed, for reporting 5th grade Teacher bringing her baby into her child's class at the time.

Complained confidentially to Principal on 2-4-11 by ph. and in email on 2-14-11 because Teacher still brought Baby back into her child's class anyway!!

Additionally, numerous other times emails, voice mails left by Parent, phone calls to District and Dept. of Education, face to face meetings with Principal and others present at times only made things worse.

Parent attended 3 Board meetings including What she discussed or emailed the Principal. Parent wanted to know why FREE CHILD care with front office Employee, left her job running baby back and forth around campus and back to Teachers classroom for months when it was AGAINST school policy.

Parent was also shocked to read several months later that the District did not keep other children safe like her child.

Hail the theater student at Corona Del Mar Highschool, the Brave Warrior like her daughter and Good Teachers who also shared their own experiences with the District on safety and Bullying experiences.

Parent also met with people in Community and heard even more shocking stories from concerned citizens.

There was another story that was told to Parent about Enson Middle School about a child that was attacked before their fence was built. This advocate was not treated respectfully and not welcomed with some Top District Employees and it seemed they were keeping hidden and invisible to the Pulic.

Parent is wanting to know why these things have happened and the Pattern of Behavior has not improved to UNITE NMUSD Community and Welcome Parent input!

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