The Minisink Valley Central School District may face a lawsuit.
High school student N'Senga Kinzonzi's family has filed a notice of claim against the district. The Kinzonzi family says another student made a threatening, racist post through the app Snapchat. And the family says N'Senga's sibilings have dealt with racist incidents too.
The notice of claim, the first step toward a potential lawsuit, says there is a history of racist incidents within the district but that nothing has been done about it.
"It's true you can't control everything anyone does, but the creation of an educational climate that's satisfactory to all students is the school district's responsibility, and when they fail to do that they're responsible legally," said Kinzonzi family attorney Michael Sussman.
A school district spokesperson says they received the notice of claim, but do not comment on litigation.
In December, Superintendent Brian Monahan released a message on the school district website.
"Please know that we have been aware of this matter since it occurred. The incident was immediately reported to law enforcement agencies at the time. The ensuing external and internal investigations, and collaboration between the district and law enforcement, resulted in disciplinary action for the offending student," said Minisink Valley Central School District Superintendent Monahan.
The statement also says the district does not tolerate hateful language, or conduct that endangers the emotional sense of safety and security of students and staff.