After discrimination allegations, North Bend moves high school principal to middle school


    North Bend High School (File/SBG photo)

    NORTH BEND, Ore. - The high school principal removed from his post after accusations of discrimination at the school against LGBTQ students has been re-assigned as vice principal of the district's middle school.

    The North Bend School District removed Bill Lucero as principal of North Bend High School amidst scrutiny from the State of Oregon and pressure from the ACLU of Oregon.

    Lucero will be the vice principal at North Bend Middle School next year.

    That school's principal will take over as principal of the high school, and the current vice principal of the middle school will be principal at the middle school, the district announced Monday.

    "The District is confident that these new administrative teams will be able to successfully assist the District in moving forward," the district said in a statement. "Our mission is navigating a successful course for every student, every day, every way."

    Two students took their complaints to the State of Oregon, alleging the school officials didn't take action to stop the harassment.

    Another student, who identifies as bisexual, was forced to read the Bible at school as punishment, according to the ACLU of Oregon.

    "We saw a clear pattern of discrimination against LGBTQ students for different treatment," Mat Dos Santos, legal director for the ACLU of Oregon, said in May, "and we also saw a clear violation of the First Amendment, the establishment clause which says that there should be separation between church and state."

    The Oregon Department of Education had urged the district to resolve the issues.

    "The Department finds that discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation may have occurred," a state official wrote to the district superintendent in March.

    When it didn't take action, the state scheduled a hearing on the issue.

    But the ACLU helped the students reach an agreement with the district that resolved the situation.

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