$4.48M payout in Pine Bush bullying case OK’d by judge – News – recordonline.com – Middletown, NY

$4.48M payout in Pine Bush bullying case.

$4.48M payout in Pine Bush bullying case OK’d by judge

WHITE PLAINS – Five Pine Bush students who were physically assaulted and bullied for being Jewish “lost part of their childhood,” according to emotional testimony given during a court hearing Thursday afternoon.

Judge Kenneth Karas approved a $4.48 million payout to the students and an extensive reform plan for the Pine Bush Central School District during the sometimes tearful hearing in federal court that resolved a three-year legal battle.

Two 17-year-old girls and their parents testified about the long-term damage caused by the anti-Semitic bullying the students endured in Pine Bush schools. Other students, they said, called the plaintiffs dirty Jews, made Holocaust jokes, slapped them and drew swastikas. They said school officials repeatedly called the harassment “isolated incidents,” and failed to stop the behavior or change the environment.

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