Camden paying $500K to settle suit with students

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - August 14, 2012

The February 2008 incident sparked racial tensions in the city because of the way a class of 15 Puerto Rican fifth-graders was punished for spilling a jug of water.

State education officials ruled that the punishment was improper, but was not racially motivated.

Under the settlement, which was first reported by the Courier-Post the seven students will split $280,000. Their lawyer will get $220,000.

The school board did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement, which was approved by the school board.

A teacher who reported what happened was previously awarded a $75,000 settlement.

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Information from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), http://www.courierpostonline.com/

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