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Lawsuit: Pittsburgh-Area School Created Culture of Abuse and Excessive Force Against Black Students

A civil rights lawsuit accuses a Pittsburgh-area school with a history of racial tension of creating a culture of verbal abuse and excessive force that allowed resource officers to shock students with stun guns and body slam them.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the guardians of five Black former students of Woodland Hills High School. It says white administrators filed false charges to cover up abuse.

In April, the Allegheny County district attorney said he was reviewing allegations that an officer at the school knocked out the tooth of a 14-year-old accused of stealing a cellphone.

Last year, another 14-year-old student produced a recording of the principal threatening to punch him and knock his teeth out. That administrator resigned.

The school superintendent didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

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