RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada honors student has reached a tentative agreement to settle a federal lawsuit against administrators he accused of helping students bully him with phone prank calls to a anonymous school threat hotline.
Lucas Gorelick, 16, a high school student from Reno, graduated Friday, a day after a judge gave his attorney and Washoe County school district attorneys time to finalize their pact to settle a lawsuit Gorelick filed May 23 in U.S. District Court in Reno.
Terms were not disclosed. Court records show the judge set a date for June 28.
Gorelick said he did not attend graduation ceremonies.
A district spokeswoman, Victoria Campbell, declined to comment on the lawsuit and said in a statement that Gorelick was welcome to attend and participate in the ceremonies.
“We wish him and all of our graduates much happiness and success in the future,” the statement read.
Gorelick was identified by initials in the lawsuit. The teenager, his father, Jeff Gorelick, and their attorney, Luke Busby, agreed to let The Associated Press report his name.
He argued that school district officials violated his constitutional rights by repeatedly searching his backpack and van after fraudulent calls to a state Department of Education hotline called SafeVoice.
In an interview, he said he was also the target of bullying which he attributed to his Jewish heritage, his work with Democratic Party candidates and his academic achievements.
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