School District pays $50K in bullying settlement

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – A local school district is dealing with the issue of bullying, only this time, it’s from coach to player. The family of Spencer Davidson, who graduated from Clear Lake High School this spring, filed a discrimination claim against football coach Fred Wieck.

After mediation, the two sides came to a settlement, requiring the school district to pay $50,000 to the Davidson’s. Wieck is also required to write a formal apology letter, and changes will be made to the school’s anti-bullying policy.

While district officials can’t comment on a personnel matter, the superintendent says a closer look at their anti-bullying policies is beneficial for everyone.

“Some of the result of the mediation settlement that we had with the civil rights complaint are really positive outcomes regarding taking a look at our anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies. We’re putting some things in place to make it easier, and more accessible, even for students to make a complaint,” says Clear Lake School District Superintendent Anita Micich.

Students or employees who witness bullying and harassment will be strongly encouraged to report the behavior to a designated investigator.

Wieck retired from his coaching and teaching positions at Clear Lake High School at the end of the 2012 school year, but he continued as head football coach.

The funds used in the settlement come from the district’s management fund.

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