The Fourth Appellate District affirmed a judgment. The court held that a public school student may seek money damages against a school district for its failure to protect the student from sexual orientation harassment by the student’s peers.
Megan Donovan and Joseph Ramelli were students at Poway High School (PHS). Each of them endured severe, pervasive and offensive peer sexual orientation harassment while attending PHS. This harassment, which peaked during their junior year, included, for example, death threats; being spit on; physical violence and threats of physical violence; vandalism to personal property; and being subject to anti-gay epithets.