LGBTQ Title 9 inquiry at Aberdeen High

Aberdeen Superintendent Alicia Henderson said the district is conducting a Title IX investigation into student complaints of discrimination following a Gay Straight Alliance protest at the high school on Dec. 18.

“The district is investigating the students’ concerns and the final report will include recommendations for implementation of best practices,” she said.

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed in 1972 to prevent discrimination in any educational program that receives federal assistance.

The district said last week that it would not release security camera footage of the protest “due to the ongoing investigation into student conduct during the demonstration.” Protesting students said other students mocked them and threw things at them.

The district’s statement was in response to a Daily World request for the footage made under the state’s Public Records Act.

“Once the investigation is complete, the district must comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in determining whether the requested footage can be released,” the district’s letter said. FERPA is a federal law that governs access to educational information and records.

“The district expects the investigation to be concluded on or before Jan. 31,” the letter said.