Feds to investigate sexual harassment claim at Birdville school

Federal civil rights officials are investigating a complaint that a student was sexually harassed at a Birdville middle school.

The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights said officials will look into the complaint filed April 19.

"OCR is investigating whether the school district discriminated against a student on the basis of sex when the student was subjected to sexual harassment during the 2009-10 school year," said Jim Bradshaw, a U.S. Department of Education spokesman.

The investigation will also include whether the school district failed to take appropriate action, Bradshaw said. Birdville must submit details about the family's allegations and copies of school district policies related to prohibiting discrimination, Birdville spokesman Mark Thomas said Friday.

"The district will provide the requested documents to their office in a timely manner. This is a routine investigation based on a complaint filed by the parent," Thomas said in a statement.

"BISD has not received any complaints from this family concerning sexual harassment," the statement said.

Another parent, Christine Jackson said she filed a separate civil rights complaint stemming from a bullying attack against her son, who attended seventh grade last year at Haltom Middle School. She said Friday that she is awaiting a response.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326