- Cassia School District
- Dr. Gaylen Smyer, Cassia County Superintendent
In October 2014, ACLU-Idaho filed the original civil rights complaint on behalf of Sierra Norman, a student who alleged the high school had given another student preferential treatment because he is male and enrolled in an LDS seminary class.
The new filing stems from a written complaint by a teacher at the school regarding a "role model teacher and coach" suggesting "someone should Ray Rice Sierra," alluding to a 2014 incident in which professional football player Ray Rice was caught on video assaulting his then-fiancee (now wife) in an Atlantic City, N.J., elevator.
ACLU-Idaho Legal Director Ritchie Eppink said the school had tacitly permitted the school to become an environment in which Norman was systemically alienated.
"The school was obviously aware of [the atmosphere of ostracization]," Eppink told the Times-News. "It is not a big school. It was a lashing back and a prolonged punishment of Sierra for standing up for what she thinks is right."
"[ACLU-Idaho] is entitled to make all the accusations they want, and then we will respond through the legal system," he said.