Lawsuit against school district by former student was dismissed

Rebekah Spector

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The lawsuit filed by former student James Anthony Scott against the Los Angeles Unified School District on June 6, 2014, has been dismissed.

Scott, who goes by Shear Avory, attended Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in the fall semester of 2013.

Identifying as a non-conforming gay student, Scott claimed that the staff of DPMHS didn’t respond appropriately to the bullying he said he experienced at school. He filed a lawsuit against LAUSD on accounts of sexual orientation discrimination, harassment based on sexual orientation and negligence.

The lawsuit was dismissed on Oct. 16 because Scott’s attorney, Gloria Allred, decided to not go forth with the case.

Calls made to Allred seeking comment on Oct. 20 were not returned.

Before the case was dismissed, Scott and his legal guardian didn’t show up to their depositions, according to court documents. There was a scheduled in camera proceeding that was supposed to identify Scott’s claims against LAUSD.

Scott asked for a new attorney to hear their case after Oct. 16 but Scott has neither found a new counsel nor made an appearance at court.

Attorney Valerie Rojas, representing LAUSD in this lawsuit, did not return calls made on Oct. 20.