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Lawsuit: Teacher shamed Waterbury student over Pledge protest

WATERBURY— A teenager has filed a federal lawsuit against her teacher and school board saying the teacher mocked and shamed her for not standing up during the P...
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WATERBURY— A teenager has filed a federal lawsuit against her teacher and school board saying the teacher mocked and shamed her for not standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance.

The unnamed 14-year-old student says in her lawsuit filed Monday that the Waterbury Arts Magnet School teacher’s actions violated her First Amendment rights.

The black student says she and other students remained seated as part of a “peaceful and nondisruptive” protest over racial discrimination against African-Americans.

The student’s attorney, John Williams, says his client has been “frightened and intimidated” as the result of the teacher’s actions.

Williams says they’re seeking an injunction to stop the teacher’s behavior and undisclosed damages.

School officials have not responded to requests for comment.