Quad City Times looks at this development and notes that there ARE federal court precedents requiring schools to protect LGBT students from anti-gay bullies. Here are highlights:
Notable bullying lawsuits Nabozny v. Podlesny: Jamie Nabozny sued officials at his Ashland, Wis., school district for not stopping the anti-gay harassment of other students in 1994. A federal appellate court ruled that a school has a constitutional duty to protect gay students from anti-gay students. The district settled the case for $900,000 before a jury applied damages. It was the first time a court recognized anti-gay harassment in schools. The decision laid the groundwork for other legal actions against school districts by advocacy groups.