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voiceofreason
04-12-2016, 07:19 AM
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Students beat and bullied me for being white

April 12, 2016 | 12:44am

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A white student at a predominantly Hispanic and black Long Island high school says he was targeted for punishment over his race — punched, hit with a chair and repeatedly called “cracker” and “white boy” — while administrators did nothing to protect him.

Lawyers for Giovanni Micheli, now 23, aim to convince a federal jury that their client was singled out as a “minority” in Brentwood High School and then told by school officials, most of them white, to either “project more self-confidence” in order to stem the beating and berating — or leave.

Micheli sued the Brentwood School District in 2010, and the trial opened Monday in Brooklyn federal court.

“Giovanni was a minority because he was Caucasian,” attorney Wayne Schaefer said in his opening statement. “This case is about discrimination against a minority student . . . Our claim is that there was deliberate indifference because he was a Caucasian student complaining in a district where Caucasians are a minority.”

After his parents complained, administrators eventually removed Micheli from the campus in favor of home tutoring, according to Schaefer.


Officials later turned down the family’s request to have the increasingly depressed and withdrawn student moved to another district.

But Schaefer said the parents were told, “If we do that for him, we would have to do that for all the white children.”

“Had the district rounded up all African-American students who were thin, we’d be here for another reason,” Shields told jurors.

The attorney said school brass did everything they could to help Micheli acclimate to his surroundings, including placing him in clubs. But the measures had little impact — and Micheli used a racial epithet during one confrontation with black students, Shields alleged.

Finally, staffers ordered that he leave campus as a safety precaution.

He and his parents want reimbursement for his parochial school tuition.

An attorney for the school district said Micheli was never able to give school employees enough information about his assailants.

In describing one attack, Micheli told supervisors his tormentors were slender and black, attorney Jack Shields said.

The Bobster
04-12-2016, 07:25 AM
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Students beat and bullied me for being white
By Selim Algar
April 12, 2016 | 12:44am

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Giovanni Micheli
Photo: R. Umar Abbasi


A white student at a predominantly Hispanic and black Long Island high school says he was targeted for punishment over his race — punched, hit with a chair and repeatedly called “cracker” and “white boy” — while administrators did nothing to protect him.

Lawyers for Giovanni Micheli, now 23, aim to convince a federal jury that their client was singled out as a “minority” in Brentwood High School and then told by school officials, most of them white, to either “project more self-confidence” in order to stem the beating and berating — or leave.

Micheli sued the Brentwood School District in 2010, and the trial opened Monday in Brooklyn federal court.

“Giovanni was a minority because he was Caucasian,” attorney Wayne Schaefer said in his opening statement. “This case is about discrimination against a minority student . . . Our claim is that there was deliberate indifference because he was a Caucasian student complaining in a district where Caucasians are a minority.”

After his parents complained, administrators eventually removed Micheli from the campus in favor of home tutoring, according to Schaefer.

Officials later turned down the family’s request to have the increasingly depressed and withdrawn student moved to another district.

But Schaefer said the parents were told, “If we do that for him, we would have to do that for all the white children.”

An attorney for the school district said Micheli was never able to give school employees enough information about his assailants.

In describing one attack, Micheli told supervisors his tormentors were slender and black, attorney Jack Shields said.

“Had the district rounded up all African-American students who were thin, we’d be here for another reason,” Shields told jurors.

The attorney said school brass did everything they could to help Micheli acclimate to his surroundings, including placing him in clubs. But the measures had little impact — and Micheli used a racial epithet during one confrontation with black students :rolleyes:, Shields alleged.

Finally, staffers ordered that he leave campus as a safety precaution.

He and his parents want reimbursement for his parochial school tuition.

The Bobster
04-12-2016, 06:27 PM
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School district settles case over white student’s claims of racial harassment
By Selim Algar
April 12, 2016 | 2:06pm

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Giovanni Micheli leaves the federal court building with his mother Michele on April 11. Photo: R. Umar Abbasi


A Long Island school district accused of inadequately addressing a white student’s claims of racial harassment ​as a “minority” in a predominantly Hispanic and black school ​abruptly settled the case Tuesday morning for an undisclosed amount.

Giovanni Micheli, 23, said he was mercilessly targeted ​over his race ​at Brentwood High School and that staffers blew off his pleas for help.

Before the second day of trial was slated to begin ​in Brooklyn Federal Court ​Tuesday, school attorney Jack Shields made the confidential offer to Micheli and his parents inside a sealed courtroom.

“We’re very happy with the settlement,” Micheli’s mom, Michelle Micheli, told The Post outside court.

Giovanni Micheli declined to comment on the case but smiled widely as he ​left the courthouse

In his suit, Micheli ​had ​claimed that he was repeatedly called “white​ ​boy” and “cracker” by black students during the 2008 and 2009 schoo​​l years and was physically assaulted on several occasions.

His attorney, Wayne Schaefer, told jurors in his opening statement Monday that administrators barely addressed the problem because Micheli was a minority in the 4,000 student school.

“Our claim is that there was deliberate indifference because he was a Caucasian student complaining in a district where Caucasians are a minority,” Schaefer said Monday.

District officials ruled that Micheli should leave campus and be home tutored because the increasingly disturbed teen was becoming a threat to himself and other students.

They rebuffed his requests for a transfer to another district, reasoning that they would have to make the same arrangement for all white students if they accommodated him.

After a battery of psychological evaluations, the district invited Micheli back to school and suggested he be put on medication to better deal with the environment.

But his parents, John and Michelle, opted to yank him permanently and sent him to Catholic school.

District attorneys said they tried to help Micheli cope with the situation but that he never provided enough information about his tormentors to allow for a proper investigation. :rolleyes:

They also accused him of using a racial epithet on one occasion after a confrontation with a group of black students. :rolleyes:

Attorney Jack Shields said district brass followed the proper protocols in dealing with the issue and emphasized student safety.

But the district opted to close the case Tuesday morning before any witnesses took the stand.