February 26, 2014 | by Staff reports
Lawsuit against Texas school district settled
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KILGORE, Texas – A Texas school district has reached a settlement with a former student who said two softball coaches outed her to her mother.

The News-Journal reported the Kilgore Independent School District on Feb. 21 paid Skye Wyatt $77,500 to settle her lawsuit.

The newspaper reported Wyatt said two Kilgore ISD softball coaches accused her of having a sexual relationship with another girl in 2009 when she was 16. The News-Journal said the coaches told her they would tell her mother she was a lesbian — and Wyatt’s lawsuit claims they subsequently disclosed her sexual orientation to her.

“It’s not just a win for our client and her family, but for the school district, all of its students and their parents,” Wayne Krause Yang of the Texas Civil Rights Project, which worked with the law firm that represented Wyatt, told the News-Journal. “This will benefit everybody.”

The newspaper reported the Kilgore ISD also agreed to implement what it described as a “live 30 minute training session” for all employees that will include information on anti-gay discrimination and privacy.

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