A civil lawsuit filed by a junior at Tuloso-Midway High School against the school district has been settled out of court.
The suit had been brought forward by the student and a relative after the student was involved in a verbal confrontation in April with one of his teachers, James Potts.
Disciplinary action was taken by the school district against the student and he was suspended for three days and placed in the Alternative Disciplinary Center for the remainder of the school year.
The lawsuit was filed April 18, with the student claiming discrimination on the basis of national origin or race, defamation and the right to due process being denied to him by the school district. He was seeking a temporary restraining order against school officials as well as payment for legal fees.
The student also claimed that his punishment was too severe, while also claiming other students have been discriminated by Potts on the basis of race.
The school district denied any discrimination took place in a counterclaim filed May 6.
Trustees for the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District approved a settlement during a May 19 school board meeting after a lengthy closed session. There was no monetary settlement made, however, said superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez.
"What it amounts to is the child will abide by our rules and we will provide him with the support so that he can finish the school year and not lose the credits he was going to," Gonzalez said. "The main thing is that he can continue his education."
The student will also remain in ADC as assigned by school administrators.
Gonzalez said the lawsuit was an unfortunate situation for all parties involved, but added he is glad to see the issue resolved.
"It is our job to educate the child," Gonzalez said. "Discipline is part of education."
School officials said legal fees, which haven't been billed yet by the attorney to defend against the lawsuit, are estimated to be less than $5,000.