A school district in Oregon is accused of a disturbing pattern of intimidation and harassment against LGBT students, CNN reports. Among the allegations: Students were forced to read the Bible as punishment and a teacher compared gay marriage to marrying a dog.
In a letter the state Department of Education found that the school district in North Bend, a coastal community in southern Oregon, discriminated against students on the basis of sexual orientation, CNN reports.
“There is substantial evidence to support the allegation that the district subjected LGBTQ students to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions or other treatment,” the letter said.
The school disputes the findings and will make its case at a hearing May 24. At that time, state officials will determine whether the district violated state and federal anti-discrimination laws, CNN reports.
The allegations were detailed in a letter from the education department to North Bend School District Superintendent Bill Yester.
Yester told CNN in a statement that only two of the allegations were ever brought to the district’s attention. The statement also said the district tried to mediate the matter with the students during a nine-hour session this month, but it was unsuccessful.